Tolullah Oni

Director of the Global Diet and Physical Activity Group and Network at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit, United Kingdom, Extraordinary Professor & Chair at Innovation Africa@UP, University of Pretoria, South Africa, ISC Fellow


Tolullah Oni is the Director of the Global Diet and Physical Activity Group and Network at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit and an Extraordinary Professor & Chair at Innovation Africa@UP, University of Pretoria, South Africa where she leads the Urban Better Satellite Studio. She is the Founder & Principal of UrbanBetter | Oni et al and an Honorary Associate Professor and Lead of the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE) group at the University of Cape Town.

A Public Health Physician and urban epidemiologist, her work supports a coordinated
approach between science, policy and societal role players, identifying creative and long-term strategies to address complex urban health challenges in rapidly growing cities. She has served as scientific adviser for several organisations including Future Earth and the International Science Council and is an editorial board member of PLOS Global Public Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health. In recognition of her work, she has been profiled in the Lancet journal, Science magazine, and the British Medical Journal, and is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was also the Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy from 2017-2019.

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