Dr. Lola Dare is a community physician, epidemiologist and social development consultant. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD). Based in Nigeria, CHESTRAD’s mission is to advocate for the development of equitable and sustainable health systems and youth empowerment programs.
She graduated MB BS from the College of Medicine University of Ibadan in June 1985 and obtained her Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) in 1991. She has been awarded certificates in Population and Development and International Health, and the David E. Bell and Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health (USA) in 1994 and 2000, respectively. Dr. Dare is also a member of the West African Postgraduate Medical College in the Faculty of Public Health (1990) and a fellow of the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College in the Faculty of Community Medicine (1992). Furthermore, she holds a certificate in Advance Management from INSEAD, the European Business School in France (2006).
In 2009, Dr. Dare was awarded an honorary membership of the Faculty of Public Health, United Kingdom, by distinction; and Fellow of the same Faculty by distinction in 2011. She currently serves as its Overseas Regional Adviser for Africa. Dr. Dare was also Chair of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Global Fund, Southern Civil Society Representative on the International Health Partnership Plus (IHP+) and is consultant for various agencies and governments working in Africa.
She convenes the Alliance of Southern Civil Society in Global Health and is Executive Secretary of the African Council for Sustainable Health Development (ACOSHED).