Our team

Advisory Board

Professor Benjamin Emikpe

Prof. Benjamin Emikpe

Advisor

Emikpe Benjamin Obukowho was promoted Professor of diagnostic and toxicological pathology in 2014 as a High flyer in University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Former Chair, Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor of Avian pathology and vaccinology, Pan African University of Life and Earth science, Ibadan, Nigeria. Presently, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana. Associate Editor, Heliyon Biology (Elsevier), Frontiers of Veterinary Science (Experimental and Veterinary Diagnostic pathology section) Deputy Editor in-Chief, African Journal of Biomedical Research (Scopus indexed).

Doctor Joannishka Dsani

Dr. Joannishka Dsani

Advisor

Dr. Joannishka Dsani has over seven years of experience strengthening the relationship between civil society and the veterinary industry in Ghana. She’s a Ghana Russia Bilateral Cooperation Agreement Scholar and a U.S. Government Mandela Washington Fellow. As a practicing veterinarian in Ghana,  she co-founded a social initiative which re- homed and provided care for abandoned animals. Joannishka hopes to continue her work in introducing innovation and modern technology to Ghana’s veterinary industry and promoting policies that will give space to animal rights in Ghana. She currently conducts Research with the One Health and Urban Transformation Graduate School of the University of Bonn, Germany.

Team Members

Daniel Abiliba

Daniel B. Abiliba

Director

abiliba@animalwelfareleague.org

Daniel is a final year veterinary medicine student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He has held a lot of leadership positions at various levels.

Emmanuel Aselise Abasa

Emmanuel Aselise Abasa

Administrative Manager

eaabasa@animalwelfareleague.org

Emmanuel is a final year Bsc Agriculture science student specializing in the animal science field at Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology. He grew up in a farming community and worked as a cowboy. He is passionate about animals and cares for them. He spends his free time doing write-ups about animals and welfare issues in farmed animals.

Ruth Opoku

Ruth Opoku

Volunteer Program Head

ropoku@animalwelfareleague.org

Ruth is a final year Veterinary Student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is passionate about Animal Welfare and enjoys nature.

Jacob Ayang Achumbro

Jacob Ayang Achumboro

Global Partnerships Manager

ajayang1@animalwelfareleague.org

Jacob is a final year student reading Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He was the Student President of the Ghana Veterinary Medical Students’ Association and President of the International Veterinary Students Association, Kumasi in 2021. He previously volunteered with the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems, Tamale under the International Citizen Service where he fought to promote the rights of the marginalized in society.He is passionate about animals, sustainable development and the One Health Concept.

Emmanuel Piiru

Emmanuel D. Piiru

Programs Manager

edpiiru@animalwelfareleague.org

Emmanuel is a final year student of the school of veterinary medicine in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He previously won an award in the faculty with his article titled, ‘Animal Welfare in Ghana’ which was a capstone essay chronicling the animal welfare issues in the country. Emmanuel has over the years worked in various capacities to champion the course of animal welfare and have volunteered at many organizations including Rabies In West Africa and Mission Rabies where he took part in animal welfare activities. Emmanuel is passionate about animal welfare and One Health advocacy, and enjoys networking and nature.

Richard Dogbatse

Richard Dogbatse

Public Relations and Community Affairs

rdogbatse@animalwelfareleague.org

Richard Dogbatse is a final year student pursuing Doctor of veterinary medicine in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a self-motivated person who is passionate about educating the public on animal welfare. He previously served on the Students’ association’s education community where he participated in radio education programmes and campaigns promoting animal health and welfare. He writes articles on animal welfare. He has interest in research, information communication and advocacy.

Ludwig Albert Nortey Botchway

Ludwig Albert Nortey Botchway

Social Media Associate

blanortey@animalwelfareleague.org

Ludwig is a final year student veterinarian at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and one health. He has extensively worked on animal welfare projects in the country and has had research experiences with top professors on topics of one health and animal welfare. He currently is the president for the national chapter of the international veterinary students association (IVSA Ghana) and was formerly the exchange officer . He has held various positions in the veterinary students association both national chapter and globally. These include, education committee head , student ambassador for animal welfare (SCAW) , student ambassador for veterinary education (SCOVE) and OIE junior ambassador. Ludwig is currently an active advocate by means of broadcast media and social media.

Frederick Agaaya Adongo

Frederick Agaaya Adongo

Administrative Support

afagaaya@animalwelfareleague.org

Frederick is a graduate of the University of Ghana School of Law and currently a professional law student at the Ghana School of Law.

Emmanuel Nyamekye

Emmanuel Nyamekye

Research Associate

Companion Animals
enyamekye@animalwelfareleague.org

Emmanuel is a final year undergraduate student from the school of veterinary medicine in knust and a freelance graphic designer. He has an interest in animal welfare and public health advocacy.He aims to contribute to public sensitization on the need and the will to protect and care for the overall health of animals in the scope of public health.

Vincent Mensah

Vincent Mensah

Research Associate

Farm Animal Welfare
vmensah@animalwelfareleague.org

Vincent is an undergraduate reading Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is very passionate about voluntary work and community services and with great interest in poultry welfare, livestock welfare and animal care and handling. Vincent is very committed and productive.

Kofi Sarpong Junior

Kofi Sarpong Junior

Research Associate

Farm Animal Welfare
kjsarpong@animalwelfareleague.org

Kofi Sarpong is a Veterinary Medicine Student in KNUST. He is an animal lover and welfare enthusiast. He is also an ambassador for a Greener World and Organic Food.

Fiona Nana Yaa Mensah

Fiona Nana Yaa Mensah

Research Associate

Wildlife and Aquatic Welfare
fnymensah@animalwelfareleague.org

Fiona is a veterinary student at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. As a lover of nature and everything within, Wildlife to her is not just biodiversity and beauty but an extension of ourselves in nature. As such it is in her interest to contribute in her capacity as a veterinarian to help protect wild terrestrial and aquatic animal species through research. She seeks to protect the interests of wildlife welfare taking into consideration its interrelationships with human beings. As such fish welfare and human–wild animal interface are some of her top priorities.

Mrs. Charity Dedu

Mrs. Charity Dedu

Research Lead

cdedu@animalwelfareleague.org

Charity is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, KNUST with both BSc. Biological Science and MPhil. Physiology education from KNUST. She is interested in the potential safety and adverse impacts of natural and synthetic substances, and the mechanisms by which their toxic effects are exerted on fertility, gestation outcomes and future generation health. She hopes to be an established African toxicologist with expert knowledge in the potential implications of toxicity on genomics, digital tools, in silico/in vitro developments and the long-term consequences of gene-editing technologies. She is therefore delighted to work as part of any multidisciplinary team that focuses on developmental toxicology, food safety and safety pharmacology possibly through replacing, reducing or refining animal use in research. This, she believes, will improve animal welfare and productivity.