Chikwe Ihekweazu

National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control


Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is Chief Executive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and until recently the Acting Director of the Regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa. Trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr Ihekweazu has 20 years experience working in senior public health roles and has held leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the UK's Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute. Dr Ihekweazu has led several short-term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world. Dr Ihekweazu is a graduate of the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany. He was then awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training and subsequently completed his Public Health specialisation in the UK. He is widely published in medical peer review journals. Dr Ihekweazu is on the board of the NGOs: Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, Nigeria Health Watch, Society for Family Health, Education as a Vaccine and on the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE. He is a TED Fellow and co-founder TEDxEuston. In between public service, he was Managing Partner of EpiAfric - a health consultancy firm based in Abuja and curator of the health policy advocacy platform: Nigeria Health Watch.

1 FEB, 2018 13:30-14-30 hrs. PL1 Leadership Needed for Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century