Abena Boakye had her undergraduate training in Biological Sciences from the University of Ghana, where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Botany. After her one-year mandatory national service at the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, she worked in a Food and Beverage Quality Assurance Company, where she developed an interest in research, particularly in Food Productiion, Safety and Composition. After a number of professional certificate courses, she pursued a Masters and PhD in Food Science and Technology to fulfil this career goal.
Dr Boakye is currently a Faculty member of the Department of Food Science and Technology, KNUST and is passionate about utilizing the underutilized species and traditional food systems to provide food and nutrition security amidst climate change influences. Thus, she has research interest in Food compositional studies that exploit the health benefits of crops, Food product development/ value addition interventions to underutilised species and Sensory Science.
She consults for institutions and businesses on Food Product Development, Process Modification and Standardisation as well as Sensory Evaluation of Products.
She is an active member of several professional bodies. These include the Ghana Science Association (current branch treasurer); the Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, Ghana (WISTEMGH); the Organisation of Women in Science for Developing Countries (OWSD); the International Society for Tropical Roots and Tuber Crops (ISTRC) and the DANIDA Alumni Network.
Outside academia, Dr Boakye channels her efforts in community engagement activities that seek to “Demystify Science and make STEM friendly”. She is the Project lead for the annual Science and Technology Seminar Series for Girls and is a member of the Board for the Junior Science and Math Quiz. She is also passionate about outreach activities that educate food vendors and consumers on ‘safe food practices' and postharvest management of perishable crops as part of efforts towards achieving #zero hunger in Africa.