Marian Asantewah Nkansah
Nkansah specializes in the fate of toxic substances such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals in food, water, soil and other environmental materials. She led the research which confirmed that ingestion of edible white clay has the potential to cause cancer. Nkansah obtained her PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Bergen-Norway and her bachelor’s and master’s from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. She is the first recipient of the Al-Kharafi Prize, an award which recognizes exceptional female scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries. She is also a Next Einstein Fellow and a member of the Global Young Academy. Nkansah currently serves as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at KNUST.