Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
EthiopiaMinister of Foreign Affairs

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Photo Credit:Todd France Photography, 2012

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He took up his post in November 2012.

Prior to this he served as Minister of Health from October 2005 to November 2012. Dr. Tedros 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. Having first joined the Ministry in 1986, Dr. Tedros has dedicated his entire career to public service and scientific research focused on health concerns.

A globally recognized malaria researcher, Dr. Tedros has co-authored numerous articles on this subject in prominent scientific publications, including Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, The Lancet, Nature and Parasitologia and the British Medical Journal. His seminal work earned him the distinction of Young Investigator of the Year from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and in 2003 he received the Young Public Health Researcher Award from the Ethiopian Public Health Association. In 2011, Dr. Tedros became the first non-American recipient of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award conferred by the US National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. In March 2012, he received the prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Minister Tedros has also worked to enhance Ethiopia’s engagement in international forums. In 2009, he was elected Chair of the Fourth Conference of Ministers of Health of the African Union (CAMH4), and that same year became Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a two-year period. Previously, he served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board. He was co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) from 2005 to 2009, and served on the High-Level Task Force for Innovative Financing for Health Systems. He also served as member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Board as well as the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Dr. Tedros holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Nottingham in 2000. He obtained a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London in 1992 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Asmara University in 1986.