Freetown, Sierra Leone
Dr. Ike Ogbuanu is a medical doctor and epidemiologist with more than 20 years of progressive experience in clinical medicine, academic research, global public health, vaccinology, leadership and management. In addition to peer-reviewed publications inHIV/AIDS, vaccine-preventable diseases and genetic epidemiology, he has substantial clinical and programmatic experience in the control of tropical and infectious diseases at the global, national, subnational and health facility levels.Dr. Ogbuanu completed his medical training at the University of Nigeria in 1998. Following six years of clinical practice in Nigeria, he relocated to the United States to pursue a post-graduate education in Public Health, obtaining his master of public health (MPH) degree in 2006, and his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2009, from the University of South Carolina (USC).
Dr. Ogbuanu joined the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)in 2009 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)officer with the Global Immunization Division. Over the past 10 years, he has worked for CDC at the Headquarters and as a detailee to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. During this period, Dr. Ogbuanu has advanced implementation research and policy at the global level through quantitative and qualitative health research, program design and implementation, technical policy development, and international health diplomacy. He has led or participated in multiple global multilateral working groups and sub-teams and has managed successful collaborations and direct technical support in Asia, Africa, Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas. Dr. Ogbuanu is adept at managing cross-functional teams and complex relationships with key global development partners, includingUSAID, the Gavi Alliance, the Gates Foundation, US-CDC, vaccine manufacturers, UNICEF, and ministries of health, with a view to reduce preventable childhood mortality and promote equitable use of health interventions. His greatest passion is in applying public health science and strategies to reduce disease morbidity and mortality in low and middle countries (LMICs).