Board of Directors


Dr. Derek Aryee attended the prestigious Achimota School in the 70s and went on to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a medical student in the pioneering class of the School of Medical Sciences. He is also a Public Health Specialist, having studied public health medicine in the United Kingdom, and a Member of the West African College of Physicians.

Having qualified as a medical doctor, Dr. Aryee applied his profession in both rural and urban settings. He has worked as a general practitioner in Agogo in the Ashanti-Akim District, Ada in the Dangme East District, and also as a public health professional in high-level health management positions in Nigeria and at the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate.


Mrs Vera Quaye has a strong track record in Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) strategy to bring health services to the doorsteps of disadvantaged and underserved communities in Ghana. She is passionate at advocating for adolescent reproductive health rights, and working to improve provision of reproductive health services across Ghana. Vera Quaye holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ghana and Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex, Brighton in the United Kingdom.

She holds a variety of academic certificates on Population Human Resource and Development and Reproductive health and Family Planning. Vera’s technical expertise includes: programme development and management, fund disbursement, NGO management, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, gender, nutrition and behavior change Communication approaches. She has 20 years’ experience supporting capacity development at community level, with NGOs and within government institutions, and expertise in developing/supporting advocacy for reproductive health rights. She has a strong link working GHS at all levels.


Rev. Dr. Abraham Nyako Jnr is a Reproductive Health and Organizational Development Specialist. Since 1999, Rev. Nyako has been involved in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Program management and Institutional and organizational capacity building of reproductive health institutions.

As a highly self motivated and results oriented person, Rev. Nyako has over the years provided leadership for increasing program effectiveness, organizational impact and sustainability, through institutional and management capacity development among several government, non-government and international development agencies. These include the Ghana AIDS Commission, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, JICA, IPPF, SNV, ILO, IOM, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nubeke Foundation, FHI360, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, ActionAid, DFID, GTZ, the Ghana Network of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (NAP+), and the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health.


She was educated in Wesley Girls High School – Cape Coast for secondary education, did the nursing / midwifery and Tropical Diseases Medicine / Nursing training in the United Kingdom and had many updates in Ghana, Kenya and Jarkarta in the Indonesia.

A lifelong family planning advocate, Ms. Donkoh is a qualified nurse practitioner who is a key actor in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ghana. As a trained reproductive health specialist, she has been involved in both clinical and programmatic work. She has worked for high profile reproductive health focused organizations such as West Cheshire Group of Hospitals –UK, Shroddells Maternity hospital (now known as Watford Maternity hospital), Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD), the Christian Council of Ghana, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), University of Ghana – School of Nursing, Legon, Marie Stopes International Ghana (MSIG).


Mrs. Lucy Owusu-Darko nee Osei-Ntem, received her first degree at the University of Cape Coast and followed up later with her Master’s degree in Population Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She has pursued a post-graduate Certificate in Project Management and Gender Education from the University of Sussex, England and an Advanced Management Course at Wharton’s Arresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania USA. In addition she has a Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) among others.

Lucy Owusu-Darko is a Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV Advocacy Specialist. She has more than 30 years experience in policy dialogue and development on gender and reproductive health issues. With her wealth of experience in advocacy, Lucy has engaged extensively as a Consultant providing technical support and capacity building of different categories of people, including women’s groups and organizations on advocacy skills and also women’s leadership. The organizations include, UNFPA New York, UNFPA Ghana, Plan USA, CEDPA USA, Futures Group, Ghana AIDS Commission, Johns Hopkins University and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI)