Professor Aliko Ahmed

Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme

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Aliko Ahmed is a public health physician, epidemiologist, and global health diplomat with three decades of working experience in clinical medicine, academia, and public health practice in low- and high-income countries. His global health interest is in sustainable health solutions, particularly in the translation of evidence into relevant and appropriate public health policy development and implementation in Africa.

He is an associate fellow and the convenor of the Public Health Africa Policy Forum at Chatham House – a forum that support African leaders towards development and implementation of assets-based health policies in their countries.  He is a strong advocate for sustainable health systems in Africa and he is a commissioner in the global initiative on Universal Health Coverage – the Chatham House Commission for Universal Health.

Aliko has held several senior professional and executive leadership roles in in the NHS and local government in the United Kingdom since the early 2000s. He is currently the Regional Director of Public Health for the East of England region.

He is also an associate director at Cambridge Public Health and a fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge University. He chairs the UK faculty of Public Health Africa Group and holds honorary professorships in public health at several universities.

Past experience

2015 - present Director PHE, East of England, UK
2015 - present Senior Fellow & Executive Member, Cambridge Institute of PH, University of Cambridge
2012 - present Honorary Professor in Public Health, Staffordshire University, UK
2009-15 Executive Director of Public Health, Staffordshire NHS & County Council, UK
2007-09 Consultant in Public Health, Healthcare & Quality, PCT/NHS, UK
2007 Consultant in Communicable Diseases, HPA, UK
2002-07 Specialist Registrar in PH, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough PCT/NHS, UK
2000-02 Research Associate, Global Consortium for Mental Health Policy and Programme, National Mental Health Policy Development Programme
1997-99 Medical Epidemiologist, MSF Holland, Nigeria, West Africa – Epidemic Preparedness & Response Programme
1992-96 Medical officer, Infectious Diseases, Nigeria, West Africa
1985-92 General Medical Training, Nigeria, West Africa