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Alimuddin Zumla

University College London

Professor Sir Alimuddin (Ali) Zumla is professor of infectious diseases and international health at University College London and is co-director of PANDORA-ID-NET, a novel PAN-Africa-Europe ONE-HEALTH Network focussed on research, training and capacity development for tackling emerging zoonotic diseases with epidemic potential. Dually qualified in Medicine (MBChB) and Science (PhD), Sir Ali is a Fellow of:  The World Academy of Sciences; Royal Colleges of Physicians of London & Edinburgh; Royal College of Pathologists; Royal Society of Biology & African Academy of Sciences.   

Sir Zumla’s research, training, advocacy and charitable contributions to World Health Organization’s R&D Blueprint Priority Diseases of Tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infections, COVID-19, MERS, AMR and other epidemic-prone pathogens, are an exceptional major body of work developed with an upward trajectory over three decades. With an H-index of 126 and 73,000 citations, Sir Zumla is featured in prestigious Clarivate 2018-2022 lists of the world’s most highly cited and influential authors.  He has published over 950 publications, including 22 textbooks, and 38 journal themed series. 

As lead global advocate of equitable south-north partnerships, his passion for aligning training  closely to high quality, health policy relevant research has won him over 30 prestigious international and national accolades, including the Order of The Grand Commander of Distinguished Services (GCDS) from the President of Zambia; Knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen;  Mahathir Science Award from Prime Minister of Malaysia, the  EU-EDCTP Pascoal Mocumbi Award; and The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Sir Patrick Manson Medal.  He serves on numerous advisory and expert committees.