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Profile of Quiz Mistress Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann



51 year old Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann is a Senior Lecturer and founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana. 


She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a PhD in Bioengineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.


After her graduate studies she received her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University before joining the University of Ghana in 2001.


Dr. Effah Kaufmann was a member of the Planning Committee set up by the Academic Board of the University of Ghana to make proposals for establishing the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and was also a member of the three-person Implementation Committee set up by the Vice Chancellor following the submission and adoption of the Planning Committee’s report.



She was appointed as the first Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and served as Head for a number of years (2006-2012, 2014-2016).


In 2010 she was elected to represent non-professorial academic staff on the highest decision-making body of the University of Ghana, the University Council, a position she held for four years.


In 2011 Dr. Effah Kaufmann was a winner of the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship.


Dr. Effah Kaufmann’s teaching and research focus on Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Application of Biomedical Engineering concepts to the solution of problems in the Ghanaian context. 


She was the recipient of the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences in 2009. 


She is also keenly interested in Science education at all levels and has been the Host/ Quiz Mistress of the Ghana National Science & Mathematics Quiz TV Programme since 2006.  


Dr. Effah Kaufmann is the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana.


The award recognises her “exceptional and continuous contribution to science education in Ghana and for being a role model and inspiration to many young girls, activities which are vital to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5”. 



She is also the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers’ 2018 Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership in recognition of her excellence in support of academics on an international level and exhibition of commitment to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.


Dr. Effah Kaufmann is a Board member of the African Gifted Foundation Ghana (African Science Academy) and the British International School-Ghana.


She is the current President of the Ghana Society of Biomedical Engineers.


Before Elsie Kaufmann started hosting the National Science and Maths Quiz show in 2006, Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy was the quiz mistress from 1993 to 2000 and Eureka Emefa Adomako from 2001 to 2005.


Growing up she was made to study hard under the strict guidance of her parents who were both teachers.


Dr. Elsie is a divorcee mother of 3 children.


She however keeps her husband's name for the sake of Academic records and identification.

She is a proud old student of Aburi Girls SHS.


This Article was put together by: AfrisearchGh.com (Henry Kwadwo Amoako - đŸ‡¬đŸ‡­Ghanaian Historian

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