Abena Poku-Awuku

Advocacy Manager
Corporate Affairs

What I do at MMV:

My role is to support the Executive Vice President of External Relations in the management of various projects and grants.  

Why I work at MMV:

Helping to address the burden of malaria is something that is very dear to me, as I lost a close friend to the disease some years back. MMV’s work in this area is innovative in that it takes a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach to addressing the complex challenges posed by the burden of malaria.

More about me:

I joined MMV in January 2018 after working for over 12 years in various roles in project management, fundraising, external relations and programme management, monitoring and evaluation within several international organizations such as UNICEF, GIZ and WHO-TDR and in academia for the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the University of Goettingen. I also worked in marketing and sales within the biotech sector and in the market research industry for companies such as Evotec Biotechnology and AC Nielsen BASES.

My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, a Master’s Degree in Bioscience Enterprise (Public Health) from the University of Cambridge and a Doctorate in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy.

Ask me about:

Cooking, Ghana, Germany, music and dance, public health in Africa, African history.