Elsie Effah Kaufmann

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Elsie Effah Kaufmann
Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann.jpg
NationalityGhana Ghanaian
Known forQuiz Mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz
AwardsFellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation

Elsie Effah Kaufmann is a Ghanaian academic, biomedical engineer and quiz mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz.[1][2][3] Before Kaufmann started hosting the show in 2006, Marian Ewurama Addy was the quiz mistress from 1993 to 2000 and Eureka Emefa Adomako from 2001 to 2005.[1][4]


Kaufmann had her secondary education at the Aburi Girls' Senior High School. She obtained her International Baccalaureate Diploma from United World College of the Atlantic in Wales in 1988. She proceeded to the University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and PhD in Biomedical Engineering.[5]


Kaufmann was a Research Supervisor at the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States of America (USA) from May 1998 to June 2001; after being a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, United States of America.[6] She was also a Senior Lecturer and the first Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana (2006-2012, 2014-2016).[5]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Kaufmann was a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation.[6] Dr Kaufmann was awarded in 2009, as the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences.[7]

She was the winner of the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship in 2011 and the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana. [7][8]

She is also the first female recipient of the 2018 Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the 44th Annual Conference held in the United States of America (USA).[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "How the National Science and Maths quiz began". Citifmonline. Citifmonline. Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Elsie Effah Kaufmann | University of Ghana - Academia.edu". ug-gh.academia.edu. Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ "Elsie Effah Kaufmann - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  4. ^ "Past Winners | NSMQ". nsmq.com.gh. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  5. ^ a b "Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann (BSE MSE PhD (Pennsylvania)) | Department of Biomedical Engineering". www.ug.edu.gh. Archived from the original on 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann | Beige Capital Savings and Loans Ltd". www.beigecapital.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  7. ^ a b "My students at Legon mistake me for their colleague - Dr Kaufmann". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  8. ^ a b GhScientific, Wilhelmina Antwi,. "National Society of Black Engineers to honour Dr Elsie Kaufmann". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  9. ^ "Dr Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann Receives National Society of Black Engineers 2018 Golden Torch Award | University of Ghana". www.ug.edu.gh. Retrieved 2018-10-30.