Charles is a Ph.D. student in Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. In 2011, he earned his B.S in Nutrition from the University for Development Studies (Ghana). In 2018, he received his M.S in Sustainable Food Systems (European Joint Degree Programme) from ISARA-Lyon (France), with a specialization in sustainable food chains at the University of Kassel and Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany). For his master thesis project, he identified the factors influencing the safety and quality of locally processed palm oil and assessed the environmental and socio-economic impacts of oil palm production in Ghana.
Before joining CFI as a Ph.D. student, Charles worked as Regulatory Officer with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the main food safety regulatory body in Ghana. Primarily, his duties involved conducting inspections in food businesses to ensure they demonstrated commitment to responsible safe food production. He also had the opportunity to acquire international work experience through an internship (during his M.S studies) at the European Headquarters of Mars GmbH, Verden, Germany, where he worked in the Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) Department. He has ten years ( approx.) of professional experience working in the public and private sectors of the food industry.
As a research fellow with CFI, he will be working on various projects including Chakula Samala and CONTACT. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching soccer, movies, and documentaries. He also loves to travel.