Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist, Consultant Public Health Physician and World Health Organisation’s Assistant Director General for Health Emergency Intelligence. He, previously, held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK’s Health Protection Agency. He has undertaken several short-term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He sits on the Board of Nigeria Health Watch (www. nigeriahealthwatch.com), an advocacy platform for health in Nigeria. Dr. Ihekweazu previously served as CEO Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).