Professor Aliko Ahmed

Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme


Aliko is a public health physician, epidemiologist and health strategist with over 24 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health practice across low and high income countries.

He is currently a director in Public Health England (PHE), and previously the director of public health for Staffordshire NHS/county council. He led and managed several public health programmes with demonstrable improvements in outcomes.

His global health experiences include field work as a medical epidemiologist with MSF and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa. He contributed to the global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies.

He has a special interest in sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

He is a member of the global health committees of the Faculty of Public Health and PHE, chair of the Public Health Africa Initiative, and the co-convener of the Better Health for Africa Initiative.

He is a senior fellow and professor at Cambridge and Staffordshire 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