Daniel Boakye

Senior Technical Advisor, Programs

As the Senior Technical Advisor, Programs, Daniel provides technical support to program countries for onchocerciasis elimination in line with current WHO guidelines and develop strategies and capacity building training to better equip endemic countries with the tools and knowledge to implement surveys, data collection and analysis, and diagnostic activities. Of particular focus is technical advice around program plans for the Reaching the Last Mile Fund portfolio in the context of onchocerciasis elimination and, where necessary, other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Daniel has over 40 years of research and program experience working on a wide range of vector borne-diseases and other NTDs (onchocerciasis, malaria, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminsts, Buruli ulcer and leishmaniasis). He worked as the cytotaxonomist for the WHO’s Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa, was the Program Advisor for the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control and the Entomologist and Laboratory head in ESPEN. He has been providing support to NTD programmes nationally and internationally on the use of research results to improve program implementation and some NGO partners such as SightSavers International. He has served on various expert committees in WHO on onchocerciasis, LF, the Global Vector Control Response and malaria entomology. He served on the Mectizan Expert Committee and was a Panel member of the Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa award scheme of the British Royal Society. He currently serves on the National Onchocerciasis Expert Elimination Committees of 15 Endemic African countries

Daniel has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana; an MSc in Applied Entomology and Parasitology, University of Jos, Nigeria and a PhD in Medical Entomology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He did an internship at the CDC, Atlanta and a Post-doc at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds a Professorship at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana

In his free time, Daniel enjoys soccer and dancing.