Global Thought Leadership

Advisory Board

We pride ourselves in our global scientific advisers, infectious disease through leadership. The advisory board consist of world-class Medical Doctors, Investigators and Scientist. The board advises the company on multinational, multi-therapeutic and clinical trial development to respond and prepare for emerging pathogen outbreaks.

Jonathan Mark Zenilman, M.D.

Chief, Division of Infection Diseases, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


Dr. Jonathan M. Zenilman is a professor of medicine, dermatology and obstetrics and gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also has as joint appointments in population family and reproductive health, international health and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Joseph Solomkin, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


Dr. Joseph S. Solomkin is the founder and executive director for OASIS Global. After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, Dr. Solomkin pursued his medical education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.Dr. Solomkin received his surgical training at the University of Minnesota Hospitals (1973-9)

Prof. Colin PILLAI

Clinical Pharmacologist


Colin Pillai is the founder and CEO of CP+ Associates, a social venture that develops scientific capability in low and middle income countries (LMIC), focusing on healthcare via the drug discovery and development sciences. Colin is a clinical pharmacologist who undertook his training in Durban, South Africa. He has previously worked at the corporate headquarters of Novartis and Roche in Switzerland and has a specialist interest in the application of non-linear mixed effects models to pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic data across a wide range of therapeutic areas. He has undertaken various leadership roles within the pharmaceutical industry (Pharma) which have in turn contributed both to the internal and external acceptance of applying mathematical models to decision-making in drug development. His most recent Pharma role involved establishing programmes enabling the sharing of scientific expertise and infrastructure with researchers and institutions in low- and middle income countries (LMIC). Colin has held teaching, research and management positions at the Universities of Durban-Westville and Witwatersrand. He acquired his clinical and research experience in hospital and community pharmacy and as a consultant with the SA Medical Research Council’s Tuberculosis Research programme, where he ran a unit conducting Phase 1 clinical trials. Pillai continues to maintain active academic links with numerous institutions in Africa, including via honorary professorships and board member status. He has been a senior advisor on capacity development and training programmes for global health to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since November 2017.

Executive Leadership

Our Executive Leadership has more than 20 years cumulative clinical trial experience in Africa. The leadership will generate ideas and build capabilities, reduce costs, manage risk, and accelerate project productivity

Jacob Apollo

Chief Executive Officer


Jacob Odika Apollo is a Co-founder, Director and chief executive officer of The Africa Clinical Research management, Ltd (ACE Research). With over 16 years’ experience in the Clinical Research industry, Jacob oversees the strategic direction of the Kisumu-based CRO providing strategic leadership, develops, refines, and implements a commercial business plan that results in annual commercial sales as defined by the corporate blueprint. With over 42 employees across Africa since inception in 2014 and in more than 16 countries, ACE Research now prides as the fastest growing CRO in the region. Until August 2016, Jacob served as chief operating officer of then ClinicalRM-Africa, where he supported the company’s business operations focusing on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives, development program performance and led the company through its re-branding process to now ACE Research.

Before that, Jacob served as Program Manager for multiple projects in Sub Saharan Africa for the Ohio-based ClinicalRM Inc, previously as Regional Monitor for the Seattle based University of Washington ICRC, and consultant for various other CRO’s ranging from commercial, Academic Research institutions and for profit businesses.

Jacob spent the first 9 years of his career in the Western Kenya region where he held several Clinical Research management and Regulatory positions in support of both site and CRO’s. He leads the effort to transform ACE Research’s government and commercial services to a mature organization, capable of delivering on its long-term vision. His expertise is in Health Administration and Public Health.

Amos Ndhere, MD, MS

Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Ndhere is a physician investigator with more than 10 years of experience in clinical research and public health practice in Africa. Dr. Ndhere completed his medical degree training at Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya and advanced degree in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. He has been conducted HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis clinical studies and public health programs. He successfully collaborated with investigators at the Center for Global Health at Northwestern and University of Michigan on a number of NIH funded research projects. His current research is evaluating Outcome of Early Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV – related Cryptococcal meningitis in Rural Kenya. He studied vaccination programs in Kenya, specifically the Challenges to Effective Immunization Coverage.

Dr. Ndhere is a member of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), ASTMH Committee on Global Health (ACGH) and The Network: Community Partnerships for Health through Innovative Education, Service and Research.

Berhards Ogutu, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor


Dr Bernhards Ogutu is currently the Chief Research Officer with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Senior Clinical Trialist with the Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance of the INDEPTH-Network. Ogutu is also Director for the Centre for Research in Therapeutic Sciences (CREATES) at Strathmore University in Nairobi.

He has authored more than 50 peer reviewed publications. His areas of research expertise includes clinical trials, disease pathogenesis, and clinical therapeutics with a bias in malaria and clinical trials capacity development.

Dr Ogutu received his MBChB, MMed and PhD from the University of Nairobi. Dr Ogutu is a board certified Medical Practitioner, Paediatrician and Clinical Pharmacologist.

Medical Expert Office

Expertise you can rely on.

We pride ourselves in our senior scientific advisors, and in-country lead clinical investigators.

We can jump-start development and rapidly respond to multinational, multi-therapeutic and multi-site clinical trial development to respond and prepare for emerging pathogen outbreaks.

Joseph Solomkin, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


Meet Our Team

IT Help-Desk support Technician

"ACE Research is an organisation where passionate and ambitious people are proud to develop, produce and exhibit their best skills. Since we operate across the African continent, it offers opportunities for growth, employee empowerment and working in a cross-functional team. What I like most about the ACE Research experience is that it connects my passion with technology".
Oliver Kipkemei,
IT Help-Desk support Technician


Corporate Accountant

“I joined ACE Research in March 2018 as Corporate Accountant and it’s been an incredible experience working to ensure implementation of a sound financial and accounting system. ACE has enhanced my ability to handle qualitative relationships that dominate our day-to-day financial decision making. I am happy to join a team of great minds whom integrity, professionalism, good hospitality, and passion is a way of life.
Sharon Achieng
Corporate Accountant


Meet our Team

“Working with ACE Research as a Senior Clinical Project Manager has been a most rewarding experience. The team at ACE Research put all its resources at my disposal to support the assignment and made me feel welcome from day one. This has resulted in a remarkable improvement in site performance across all metrics within three months. I look forward to working hard with other members of the team to continue to strengthen clinical research capacity across Africa”.  
Dr. I. Babajide Keshinro
Senior Clinical Project Manager for EBOVAC-Salone Study.
Abuja, Nigeria


Meet our Team

“I joined ACE Research over 2 years ago after working in Clinical Trials for 15 years with several multinational organizations supporting Clinical Trials in Africa. In retrospect, I see ACE Research as an affordable African solution to the Research Management gap in Sub-Sahara Africa. ACE is endowed with rich, unique and well blended hands-on experience that is clearly manifested in the ACE team. In my view, ACE is the African-tailored research management solution taking cognizant of project time lines and challenges unique to Sub Saharan Africa”.  
Dancan Otieno Apollo
Senior Program Manager, West Africa Region
Freetown - Sierra Leone


Meet our Team

"Being an employee of ACE research for 2 years now and experiencing her energy has always inspired me while working on clinical trials in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have derived a lot of satisfaction and determination in performing my duties. At ACE, every employee has a stake in the company’s success and this makes the company stand out".  
Lilian N. Nambuchi
Clinical Research Associate


Meet our Team

I joined ACE Research 2 years ago and it’s been a tremendous experience working to ensure a better public health environment. I oversee clinical operations and support sites to ensure trials implemented maintain the highest ethical standards. I am a great advocate of our mission “To be the Africa leader in pharmaceutical development industry through consistent first class quality and execution, exceptional customer-centric service and constant innovation”  
Victorine A. Owira Head of Clinical Operations, ACE Research


Meet our Team

"It is not news that all human dealings are intricately intertwined within the law, but working with ACE Research as a lawyer has introduced me to a whole new world of experience in working with a formidable team of experts with one goal geared towards making the world a better place for you and me through clinical research. The pendulums of sanity in Clinical research are monitored at that place where research meets the law and that place in the universe is the ACE Research Legal/HR & Corporate Compliance Department”. Nicholas M. Oloo, Program Assistant – Legal/HR & Corporate compliance at ACE Research


Quality Assurance Specialist

“Joining ACE Research has accorded me an exciting opportunity to work with different communities in Africa and team up with other stakeholders in search of answers to diseases of public health importance” 
Gonzaga Onyuka; CRA, Quality Assurance Specialist


Site Training

We provide expert Quality management, GCP, GCLP and Human Research Subject trainers


Regulatory Experts

We maintain up-to-date knowledge database of Africa regulatory intelligence and provide regulatory QC review and submission services


Phase I-IV Studies

Our scientific team of medical officers, Investigators and basic scientists are experienced in Phase I-IV clinical trials


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