Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Friends Africa (Friends of the Global Fund Africa)
Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba is an award-winning global health expert, public health innovator and social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the field of international development. She is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Friends Africa, a pan-African organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by mobilizing African businesses, governments and NGOs. She also serves on the boards of Roll Back Malaria, the Global Health Council and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Anyanwu Ikemba's pioneering work on the Gift from Africa Campaign has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation as a top 100 next century innovation. She has also been recognized as a Harvard School of Public Health Innovator of the Year (2013), an Ogunte Social Leader of the Year (2013) and Stevie Innovator and Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2012). Anyanwu Ikemba holds a MD in Medicine from Tufts University, an MSc in Public Health from Harvard University and a BSc in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University.