In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Born in Nigeria, Dr Ihekweazu is a Medical Epidemiologist with over 15 years experience working in public health roles in multiple countries across continents. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Nigeria before pursing further studies including a Masters in Public Health in Germany.
Dr. Ihekweazu currently serves as a consultant in Public Health Medicine working with EpiAfric where he is a managing partner. This Public Health Consulting Firm enables access to expertise in public health research and advisory services as well as providing post graduate professional development.
Dr. Ihekweazu has previously worked in important roles at the WHO and as an epidemiologist at the National Public Health Institute of the UK. He has also worked at the National Institute for communicable diseases and co-directed the centre for tuberculosis at the South African National Institute for Communicable diseases. In addition, he is also a recipient of a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training and has published multiple peer reviewed journals as well as been a recognised TEDGlobal fellow.
Aside form his academic achievements, Dr. Ihekweazu serves on the board of multiple NGOs and is interested in raising public awareness about health issues. Out of this passion he has engaged in many TEDx talks and also blogs on health issues in Nigeria at Nigeria Health Watch. He also speaks Fluent English, German and Igbo.