John N. Nkengasong

Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention,

Dr. John Nkengasong currently serves as Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In early 2020, he was appointed as one of the WHO Director-General’s Special Envoys on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response. In addition, Dr Nkengasong was most recently awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award for his contributions to the continental response in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Dr Nkengasong has received numerous awards for his work, including the Sheppard Award and the William Watson Medal of Excellence, the highest recognition awarded by the US CDC. He is an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He has authored over 250 peer-review articles in international journals and published several book chapters.