Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
Aliko Ahmed

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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.

Areas of expertise

  • Global health security
  • Sustainable health systems and solutions
  • Public policy for health

Past experience

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