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Helena Asamoah-Hassan named as Emerald’s new Regional Advisor in Africa

United Kingdom, April 2011 – Emerald Group Publishing, a leading independent publisher of global research with impact in business, society, public policy and education, is delighted to announce the appointment of Helena Asamoah-Hassan as Regional Advisor in Africa.

Helena joins a growing team of academic and regional advisors as part of the company’s commitment to facilitating the global production and dissemination of research.  The appointment of a Regional Advisor in Africa enables the company to develop services and products in line with the needs of authors, customers and readers in the region, ensuring that Emerald remains an innovative and informed publisher.  Helena comments, "I am delighted about this appointment and it is a great opportunity for me to put my professional experience, knowledge and networks into play for the benefit of African library information service and Emerald. Together we will improve access to scholarly information to and from Africa".

Helena is a very active member of the African and global librarian community and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.  As the University Librarian at  KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) Library  in Ghana, she has served on several committees at  national and international levels including the President of the Ghana Library Association from 2003 – 2006; a Commissioner of the Ghana National Media Commission from 2003 – 2006; a member of the International Review Team of the PERI (Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information) project of INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Information) for developing countries in 2004; Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Africa Section of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) from 2005- 2007 and a member of the Governing Board of IFLA from 2007-to date .

The appointment of Helena as Regional Advisor supports Emerald’s other activities on the continent, including the appointment of a Business Manager on territory in 2010 based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Emerald also offers a number of African research awards, such as the Emerald/ALCS African Engineering Research Fund and the Emerald/AABS Case Studies competition (further information is available at www.emeraldinsight.com/awards)

For further information about Emerald activities in Africa, please contact Africa@emeraldinsight.com

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