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Peter Piot

Director and Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1974, MD, University of Ghent; 1980, PhD in Microbiology, University of Antwerp. Global health scientist and policy leader. Director, world-leading graduate school of global and public health. 1976, co-discovered Ebola virus in Zaire while working at Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; Professor, Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Nairobi and College de France, Paris; research on HIV/AIDS and global health; Founding Executive Director, UNAIDS; 1995-2008, Undersecretary-General, United Nations; 2009, Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Member, US National Academy of Medicine and UK Academy Medical Sciences. President, King Baudouin Foundation. Author of 580 scientific articles and 17 books, incl. "No Time to Lose", and "AIDS: between Science and Politics". Knighted as Baron (1995). A 2014 TIME Person of the Year ("Ebola Fighters"). 2015 Gairdner Global Health Award and Robert Koch Gold Medal.