DR. NGOZI ERONDU is an infectious disease epidemiologist and global health policy maker who fights for global equity in research, developmental aid. She has over a decade of experience fighting disease with major global health organizations including the US Centres for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and Public Health England - her focus is on the Africa and the Middle East regions. She founded several social enterprises including Project Zambezi - a tech platform to increase drag access across rural Africa. As an expert in disease control and health security Ngozi has written opinion articles in several outlets, including Vice, Scientific American, and Nature. She has also been consulted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on multiple media platforms including BBC, New York Times, Channel 4 (UK), and Al Jazeera. She currently works as a Senior Scholar at the O'Neill Institute, Georgetown Law, and is a Senior Fellow at Chatham House. She was a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow and a John Hopkins Emerging Leader in Biosecurity. She is a first generation Nigerian-American and is currently based in London and Dubai.
She has 10 years of experience in epidemiology and program evaluation. Several of those years were spent doing fieldwork on the surveillance of various epidemic prone or vaccine preventable diseases: in Kenya on poliomyelitis, Saudi Arabia on H1N1, Chad on meningococcal meningitis, and Guinea on Ebola Virus Disease. She is particularly interested in finding where the 'weak links' are in our global health system and finding out what does it takes to strengthen them. She coordinated a DFID-funded study to increase the use of data for malaria decision-making in 14 high-burden malaria countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She also worked with the WHO on developing a costing tool for the International Health Regulations (2005) and with several countries to evaluate their disease surveillance systems. These experiences have translated into a passion for global health reform—through policy, through improved funding mechanisms, and through expanding the field of experts. She is also passionate about increasing academic and employment opportunities for scientists from low-income countries, especially female scientists, and interested in exchanging knowledge between Francophone and Anglophone countries.
She publishes in The Lancet, Scientific American, Vice, The Huffington Post as well as in peer-reviewed publications.
Scientific American, There's Good News and Less Good News about Worldwide Immunization
VICE Magazine, Rethinking the System: Five Experts Imagine a Better Future