Delese Mimi Darko is an award winning Pharmacist and first female Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA). She is an industry leader with over 28 years’ experience in regulation of medicines with respect to clinical trials regulation, marketing authorization and post approval safety monitoring of medicines, cosmetics, household chemicals and medical devices. She led the FDA process of designation initiated by the NEPAD/African Medicines Regulation Harmonization (AMRH) as Regional Centers of Regulatory Excellence in three critical areas namely, Medicines Safety, Clinical Trials and Drug Registration.
Mimi Darko is the current Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the African Vaccines Regulatory Forum (AVAREF). She serves on several other international and local expert committees including the CIOMS Vaccine Safety Working Group, the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Blueprint on Research and Development Preparedness, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Brighton Collaboration Science Board, WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working group and more.
Mimi Darko has received many national and international awards in her career as a Pharmacist. She recently received a United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Task Force (UNIATF) award on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in New York.
Mimi Darko holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and an Masters in Business Administration from the University of Northampton in the UK. She is a devout Christian, married with two children, a 23 year old daughter and a 20 year old son.