Peter Piot

Handa Professor of Global Health and former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, ISC Fellow


Peter Piot MD PhD is Handa Professor of Global Health and former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and is EU Chief Scientific Advisor Epidemics. He is visiting professor at KULeuven and NUS Singapore. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-2008).

He co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health and infectious diseases.. He was at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; the University of Nairobi; the University of Washington; Imperial College, the College de France, WHO and the Gates Foundation. He is a member of the US, UK, Belgian and French Academies, of Medicine, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and is Vice-Chair of GHIT, Tokyo, He was made a Baron in Belgium, and awarded a UK Knighthood.

He received numerous awards, including the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award , the Robert Koch Gold Medal , the Prince Mahidol Award , the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research , and was a 2014 TIME Person of the Year (The Ebola Fighters).He has published over 600 articles and 16 books, including No Time to Lose, He lives in Brussels.

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