Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Prior to this, he was the Managing Partner of EpiAfric - a health consultancy firm based in Abuja and curator of the health policy advocacy platform- Nigeria Healthwatch. He is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and consultant in public health medicine with 15 years’ experience working in public health roles.
Until recently he co-led the Centre for Tuberculosis at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to this, he was a Consultant Medical Epidemiologist, working for the UK's Health Protection Agency, covering the South East region of England. Dr Ihekweazu has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation (WHO), mainly in response to major outbreaks and the design of surveillance systems taking him to Geneva, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Turkey and back to Nigeria.
Dr. Ihekweazu also currently serves on the board of Society for Family Health, Education as a Vaccine, Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, and on the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE.