Peter Piot

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

Special Advisor on Covid-19 to EC President Ursula von der Leyen. 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. Chair, King Baudouin Foundation US; Vice-Chair, Global Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation and Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (Japan). Author of 530 scientific articles and 19 books, incl. "No Time to Lose", and "AIDS: between Science and Politics". Knighted as Baron in Belgium (1995) and KCMG in UK (2016). H Noguchi Africa Prize and Prince Mahidol Award. A 2014 TIME Person of the Year ("Ebola Fighters"). Canada Gairdner Global Health Award and Robert Koch Gold Medal (2015). Bloomberg Johns Hopkins Award (2016).

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