Nana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM

Former Managing Director

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM joined The Rockefeller Foundation in August 2019 as the Managing Director for Health where she oversaw a strategy designed to transform the practice of public health through data science.

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso is a public health and preventive medicine physician with 20 years of experience in health policy, practice, strategy, monitoring, learning, evaluation, research and philanthropy at local, national and international levels. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

For the first decade of her career, Dr. Twum-Danso worked at the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where she led pharmacovigilance surveillance, research and policy development as well as program implementation support to national parasitic disease control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She then expanded her focus from community health to broader health systems in the last decade by working to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) across the continuum of care through continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches, large-scale change management and developing organizational learning systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. During that period she was: Director of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s nationwide CQI initiative in MNCH in Ghana; Senior Program Officer in the MNCH Department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; independent consultant; and Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provided on-demand health care transportation for pregnant women and sick infants in remote areas of Ghana while improving livelihoods for local drivers, farmers and traders. She has also served on technical advisory committees for the World Health Organization, the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

Dr. Twum-Danso received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine residency training from Emory University. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2006, a member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care since 2010 and more recently, a member of Health Systems Global and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Authored Content

  • Sep 04 2020
    Blog Post Up in the Air: The Future of International Travel Six months ago, traveling to another country required little more than a ticket and a valid passport. Then the Covid-19 pandemic turned international travel, and most parts of life, upside down. As the virus spread, flights were cancelled. Airports emptied out. The movement of people across and within borders slowed or even stopped completely. Today, […] Nana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM
  • Jan 24 2020
    Health Dr. Nana Twum-Danso on Mobile Phone Revolution for Health To begin the new year, we asked some of our staff members, “How can we continue to innovate to drive social impact?” For Dr. Twum-Danso, Managing Director for The Rockefeller Foundation’s Health initiative, the mobile phone revolution presents enormous opportunities to close the gap between data collection & analysis, especially when solutions are co-designed with […]