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Alex Ezeh

Distinguished Visiting Fellow


Alex Ezeh is a distinguished visiting fellow at CGD. After 17 years leading the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), he stepped down as executive director in September 2017. As the founding executive director, Dr. Ezeh guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research center addressing population, health, education, and development issues. He initiated and directed the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen doctoral training and the retention of academics at African universities.

Dr. Ezeh has served on a number of Lancet Commissions including the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, and he currently co-chairs the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. He is also a member of the Vatican-Lancet-Mario Negri Commission on the Value of Life that began its work in February 2018.

At CGD, Dr. Ezeh will be working to design a framework for supporting institutional capacity strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ezeh will bring his years of experience leading one of Africa’s foremost research institutes to address one of the region’s greatest challenges—weak institutional structures for knowledge generation and use.

He is honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science from KCA University, Kenya, and a doctorate in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of several organizations including United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (Kuala Lumpur), Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO, Geneva), International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and The London Hub for Urban Health, Sustainability and Equity, among others.


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