Kwaku Adomako- ISC member
Kwaku Adomako is a first generation Canadian with both his parents from Ghana, West Africa. His work in the HIV/AIDS sector for the past 10 years reflects a passion for community mobilization, high-level policy impact, and fostering meaningful dialogues and action on the racialized aspects of HIV/AIDS. He completed a Masters of Science degree specializing in Gerontology at the University of Guelph, and was the previous Director of Positive Prevention at the British Columbia Persons with AIDS Society. In addition, Mr. Adomako was the Outreach Coordinator for the Toronto Host Secretariat for the 2006 International AIDS Conference. He was also a Research Coordinator and Manager at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, working with Dr. Janet Smylie on provincial, national and international indigenous public health community-based research projects.
Mr. Adomako has been the manager of the African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN) since 2008 and coordinated its activities for the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City 2008, Vienna 2010, Washington 2012 and Melbourne 2014. Kwaku has led the global advocacy efforts of ABDGN in diverse settings from the inclusion of migrant and mobile populations in the UNGASS 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, to the establishment of an African Diaspora Regional Session at AIDS 2012 and 2014. He currently also holds a position as the Senior Research Coordinator, Infection Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario with a focus on provincial-based research studies on healthcare acquired infections (HAI) and antibiotic resistant organisms (ARO).