Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso

Founder and CEO,

Dr. Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso is a public health and preventive medicine physician and a social entrepreneur who is zealous about finding systematic solutions to complex problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in public health policy, strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and research at local, national and global levels.

Twum-Danso is the founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provides timely access to health care in rural Ghana through transportation. Before MAZA, she was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she shaped and managed grants to improve maternal and child health outcomes at scale and provided strategic guidance on adolescent health. Prior to that, while working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, she led Project Fives Alive!, a nationwide quality improvement initiative to reduce child mortality in Ghana.
She has also held leadership positions at the Task Force for Global Health, during which she provided strategic and technical support to national parasitic disease control programs across sub-Saharan Africa.

Twum-Danso received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine training from Emory University. She was selected into the Echoing Green Global Fellowship Program in 2016.