As Minister of Health from 2005 – 2012, Dr. Tedros transformed Ethiopia’s health system by investing in infrastructure, building the health workforce, and developing innovative funding mechanisms to get resources to where they were most needed. His comprehensive reforms expanded access to care to tens of millions, met ambitious targets–including Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases–and set Ethiopia on a path to expand this success.
Since 2012, Dr. Tedros has been Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, putting his proven diplomatic and negotiation skills to work, while continuing to champion global health. His leadership advancing the Action Agenda during the Third Financing for Development Conference and helping to resolve regional conflicts has improved safety and security, promoted economic development, and laid the groundwork for achieving critical SDGs.
Dr. Tedros has played a prominent leadership role on a number of global health initiatives. He served as Chairman of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the Program Coordinating Board of UNAIDS, Co-Chaired The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, and served as a board member for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Stop TB Partnership, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London (U.K.). He has edited and co-authored numerous works including dozens of articles in prominent scientific journals like Nature, The Lancet, and the British Medical Journal.
Dr. Tedros has received numerous awards for his significant contributions in global health. In 2011, Dr. Tedros became the first non-American recipient of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, and in 2012 he received an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Tedros was recognized as one of the "50 People Who Will Change the World" by the U.K.’s Wired Magazine in January 2012, and as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the U.K.’s New African Magazine in December 2015. In 2016, he received The Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag with 1st Rank, for his role in improving Ethio-Serbia relations.