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Peter Piot

Peter Piot, MD, PhD, is the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a professor of global health. From 2009 to 2010 he was the director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London. He was the founding executive director of the United Nations NAIDS and under secretary-general of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) from 1995 until 2008, and was an associate director of the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization. Dr. Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health, and public health in Africa. He was a professor of microbiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, and the University of Nairobi, was a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, a scholar in residence at the Ford Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He held the 2009 “Knowledge against Poverty” Chair at the Collège de France in Paris. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, of the Académie Nationale de Médicine of France, and of the Royal Academy of Medicine of his native Belgium, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He is the president of the King Baudouin Foundation, was knighted as a baron in 1995, and has published over 500 scientific articles and 16 books. Dr. Piot earned a doctor of medicine from the Ghent University and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Interview date

2010-01

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