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Peter Piot

Independent Director

Peter Piot

Independent Director

Year of birth: 1949
Nationality: Belgium and UK

Professional Experience

  • Director, London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine, and Handa Professor of Global Health
  • Founding Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Under Secretary-General, United Nations (1995-2008)
  • Part of the team that isolated the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976
  • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
  • Led pioneering research on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and infectious diseases, mostly in Africa
  • Helped bring AIDS to the forefront of the world’s agenda, and ensured access to life saving antiretroviral medicines
  • Long experience in leading both a large inter-governmental organization and of academic institutions
  • Authored over 600 scientific publications and 16 books


  • Global Health Leaders Award from World Health Organization, Geneva (2023)
  • Canada Gairdner Global Health Award (2015)
  • Robert Koch Gold Medal (2015)
  • Time Person of the Year as one of “The Ebola Fighters” (2014)
  • Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2014)
  • Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research (2013)
  • Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health (2003)
  • Senior Fellow in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, U.S.


  • D., University of Ghent, Belgium
  • D. (Microbiology), University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Diploma of Tropical Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
  • Clinical Virology, Postgraduate Medical School, Manchester, UK
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, U.S.
  • Advanced Training in Biomedical Research Management, Harvard University, U.S.
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