Since 2007, Professor Bartholomew Dicky Akanmori has served as Regional Adviser for Vaccine Research and Regulation in the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo. He is responsible for Vaccine Research, Regulation, and Safety, where he leads a small team at the Secretariat of the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF).
He holds a PhD in Immunology and is Professor Emeritus of Immunology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, where he previously taught and conducted research into infectious diseases, including clinical trials of candidate vaccines against malaria, meningitis, DPT, and measles. He has over 150 publications in peer reviewed international journals.
He currently supports capacity building for regulatory and ethics oversight of vaccine clinical trials in Africa, contributing to the optimization of timelines for clinical trial application reviews and accelerated product development. He also works to ensure a life-cycle approach to safety standards for vaccines in the Africa region. He serves as reviewer on the WHO AFRO ERC since it was established. Dr. Akanmori has over 150 publications to his credit in international peer review journals.