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Dr Pauline Essah

Dr Pauline Essah

Manager, Cambridge-Africa Programme

Office Phone: 01223 333336


Dr Essah completed a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree at the University of Ghana, Legon, before moving to the University of Cambridge to study for MPhil and PhD degrees in biological sciences. This was followed by three and a half years of post-doctoral research at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

In 2009, Dr Essah joined the Cambridge-Africa Programme as its first Coordinator (for the ‘Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa’ - THRiVE initiative). She has been instrumental in growing THRiVE into the unique, coordinated, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary umbrella Programme which now incorporates several research capacity building initiatives.

In 2015, Cambridge-Africa was adopted by the University of Cambridge as its official strategy for engaging with researchers in Africa. Pauline was then appointed by the University of Cambridge as Manager of the Programme. She is a key point of call for external universities/organisations/foundations that are interested in collaborating with, or sponsoring Cambridge-Africa. Pauline oversees the work of the Coordinators of the various Cambridge-Africa initiatives, and the organisation of University-wide 'Africa' networking events and seminars. She also represents the Programme and University at Africa-related meetings in the UK and internationally.

Dr Essah is a Senior Member of Hughes Hall in Cambridge.

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