Ngozi Erondu is a senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute.

Erondu is currently the technical director of the Global Institute for Disease Elimination. She is also an associate fellow at Chatham House. She is also an alumni of the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship and the John Hopkins University Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Programme and is co-editor of the health security section for PLOS Global Health.

Erondu is a trained infectious disease epidemiologist and health systems policy and global health governance expert. Her research has focused on strengthening disease surveillance and health systems and improving data for resource allocation decision-making in low- and middle-income countries. Her current research examines regional leadership in pandemic preparedness and health security governance reform. 

Erondu has provided technical support to multiple governments across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Her support is aimed at strengthening institutional capacity to control infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, Ebola, meningitis, malaria, poliomyelitis, and HIV/AIDS. She has also served in an advisory capacity to the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Africa CDC, and the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

Through Erondu’s thought leadership and scholar activism in global public health and academic and research environments, she champions shifting power in global health development and empowering equitable research and funding partnerships. This has led her to be the co-chair of O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism and Structural Discrimination and Global Health. She is also a founding member of the Decolonizing Global Health Alumni group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine — where she was a former doctoral student and assistant professor. 

She has also given lectures at over 60 universities, civil society, and business forums on the importance of equitable inclusion in global health and publishes widely on this topic.


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