Dr. Eric Owusu Mensah is an applied Food Scientist and Industrialist, with a great passion of converting food and related research outcomes into ventures. He thus established a yoghurt manufacturing company, while undertaking his master’s degree. Eric developed and grown the company to earn national recognitions including Best Food Processing Company (SME) of the Year (2016 & 2017) and Overall Best SME Company in Ghana (2017).
Dr. Owusu Mensah joined the department of Food Science and Technology, under College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as a full-time lecturer in 2020. Hitherto, Dr. Owusu Mensah was the Managing Director of Quama Food Processing Co. Ltd, Postharvest Supervisor at Sweetpotato Laboratory of International Potato Center (CIP), Field Coordinator at Ministry of Food and Agriculture/GRAD, Project Facilitator at Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) and a Demonstrator at Department of Food Science and Technology, KNUST. Dr. Owusu Mensah holds Ph.D in Food Science and Technology (KNUST, 2016), an M.Sc. also in Food Science and Technology (KNUST, 2008) and B.Sc. (Hons) in Botany/Zoology from University of Cape Coast (UCC, 2003).
Dr. Owusu Mensah research interest covers milk processing value chain, food microbiology, product development, sensory analysis, packaging, and shelf-life studies. His current research investigations include dragon fruit fortified yoghurt, baseline survey on traditional milk fermented products in Zongo communities in Ashanti region - Ghana, value addition of plantain (chips), and palm oil substituted chocolate. Dr. Owusu Mensah has published seven articles in peer reviewed journals and supervised 13 students (1 MPhil and 12 B.Sc – ongoing) and has reviewed several thesis and manuscripts.
His contributions to society span from delivering public speeches on entrepreneurship and business creation to reduce unemployment rate among the youth, consulting for food industries as such Premium Foods on product development, quality assurance, certification of products, etc. Dr. Owusu Mensah is also the secretary to Association of Yoghurt and Milk Processors of Ghana (AYMG). He is also the first Manager to be appointed to oversee the operationalization of the KNUST Food Processing Unit.