Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Commissioner

Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Prior to his appointment as Minister in 2005, Dr Tedros had served in a number of expert and leadership positions within the Ministry at both federal and regional levels, including most recently, as Minister of State and Head of the Tigray Regional Health Bureau. Having first joined the Ministry in 1986, Dr Tedros has dedicated his entire career to public service and scientific research focused on health concerns.

A globally recognized malaria researcher, Dr Tedros Adhanom has co-authored numerous articles on this subject in prominent scientific publications, including Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, The Lancet, Nature and Parasitologia. Key among his contributions to this field was a study of malaria incidence among children living near dams in northern Ethiopia which he authored and published in the British Medical Journal in 1999. This seminal contribution earned him the distinction of 'Young Investigator of the Year' from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2003, the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) also recognized his important research work through the prestigious "Young Public Health Researcher Award".

Dr Tedros is also recognized for his leadership in the rapidly evolving field of global health and has been working steadily to enhance Ethiopia's active engagement in a number of major international forums. He is currently Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) as well as the UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board (PCB). In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Partners in Population and Development (PPD), and member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Board as well as the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He has also been serving as a member of the High-Level Task Force for Innovative Financing for Health Systems, Co-Chaired by World Bank President Robert Zoellick and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[1] At the national level, he also serves on a number of leading advisory bodies, including as Board Chair of the Addis Ababa University.

Dr Tedros received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2000. He obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London (UK) in 1992 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology (BSc) at Asmara University in 1986.

[1] Chair, RBM Board – Completion of term: May 2009
Chair, UNAIDS PCB – Completion of term: December 2009
Taskforce for Innovative Financing for Health Systems – Completion of term: September 2009
Co-Chair of PMNCH Board – Completion of term: December 2009
Member, GAVI Board – Completion of term: December 2009

* Biography from http://moh.gov.et/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=106 and picture from http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/press_materials/pr/2009/pmnch_20090709_congrat_tedros/en/index.html.