HE Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, having taken office in 2012. Prior to this he served as Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012. Adhanom also served in a number of expert and leadership positions within the Ministry of Health at both federal and regional levels, including the positions of Minister of State and as Head of the Tigray Regional Health Bureau. First joining the Ministry in 1986, Adhanom has dedicated his entire career to public service and scientific research, focusing on health concerns.
A globally recognized, award-winning researcher on malaria, Adhanom has also been recognized for his leadership in the field of global health. In 2009, he was elected to represent Ethiopia as the Chair of the Fourth Conference of Ministers of Health of the African Union and also elected Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Previously, he served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board and Co-Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He has also served as a member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Board as well as of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. In 2009, he served as a member of the High-Level Task Force for Innovative Financing for Health Systems.
Adhanom holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and obtained a Master of Science degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London in 1992.