January 2020

Anthony with some friends at ESPM, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Meet Anthony, BioAnalyt’s Product Manager! Anthony joined the BioAnalyt team in 2018. Born in the coastal oil city of Takoradi, Ghana, Anthony trained in nutrition and food science from the University of Ghana, Legon; and later in food and agribusiness management from Audencia Business School in Nantes, France and the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM) in São Paulo, Brazil. During his studies in Ghana, Anthony saw first-hand the terrible effects of food and nutrient deficiencies in impoverished communities, especially in women and young children. This has increased his desire to contribute his knowledge about nutrition and food science to help in the fight against malnutrition.

Anthony had his first real opportunity to make a contribution to nutrition in 2015 when he was part of a joint international research team working on the biofortification of yellow cassava – cassava which has been naturally bred to have higher levels of β-carotene, a precursor in the body’s synthesis of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a micronutrient vital for eye health, immune function, cell growth, reproduction, and fetal development in the human body. Anthony worked on the development of a laboratory method for the rapid measurement of iron and zinc in the yellow cassava root using products such as iCheck. This was his first contact with BioAnalyt! You can read more about Anthony’s first experience with BioAnalyt and his work on cassava biofortification here. Little did Anthony know that a few years later, he would reunite with BioAnalyt, now as a staff member and strengthen his contribution to nutrition.

Anthony performing a demonstration of iCheck to flour millers in Nairobi, Kenya. Can you spot Anthony in this picture!?

At BioAnalyt, Anthony draws much strength and motivation from his colleagues, all of whom he considers a part of his “German family”. As the Product Manager, Anthony enjoys interacting with BioAnalyt’s existing and prospective clients to understand and better address their product needs. This often involves travelling to visit these clients or participating in conferences and workshops. Most recently, Anthony has been meeting with customers across Africa, including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal to discuss their needs while developing iCheck Connect. The most interesting part of that experience so far has been the interaction with the customers. They all have so much unique experience and needs, but at the end of the day, all their inputs come together to create the picture of the need for digitization in quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) data. This makes Anthony appreciate the scope of the iCheck Connect project even more and the impact greater digitalization can make in the fortification space.

When Anthony is not working, he enjoys writing, music, and meeting new people. Residing in the diverse and picturesque city of Berlin, Anthony has also found a new hobby – photography! Next time you meet Anthony, get him to show you samples of his latest writings and photos! Below are some of Anthony’s amateur shots at the Elimina Castle in Ghana, taken in 2019.

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