Rachel Toku-Appiah

Rachel Toku-Appiah

Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Africa

Rachel Toku-Appiah leads the foundation’s program advocacy and communications work in Africa. Before joining the foundation in 2021, she spent more than two decades in key global health and development roles, most recently as director for food security and nutrition at Global Citizen. Earlier, she worked for the Graça Machel Trust, launching the organization and later working to build up its nutrition program across the African continent and beyond. As country director in Lesotho for the Clinton Foundation, she oversaw programs that strengthened all aspects of the country’s health system, from human resources and infrastructure to laboratory services and supply chain management. As a consultant with McKinsey and Company in the U.S., she was involved in multiple projects in the pharmaceutical and health care fields.

Rachel has worked and studied in Africa, Europe, and North America. She attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where she earned an M.S. in biochemistry. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa.

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