Global Thought Leadership
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
Prof. Colin PILLAI
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
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 19 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 15 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 an advanced degree in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Dr. Ndhere has conducted HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis clinical studies and public health programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. He successfully collaborated with investigators at the Center for Global Health at Northwestern and the University of Michigan on a number of NIH funded research projects. His current research is evaluating the 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.
Dr. Lucas Tina, MD MPH
Senior Scientific Advisor and Director
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
“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 AchiengCorporate Accountant
Senior Program Manager, West Africa Region
“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 ApolloSenior Program Manager, West Africa RegionFreetown - Sierra Leone
Head of Clinical Operations
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
Program Assistant – Legal/HR & Corporate compliance
"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
We provide expert Quality management, GCP, GCLP and Human Research Subject trainers
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