Year of birth: 1949
Nationality: Belgium and UK
- 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
- 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.