Dr. Yenew Kebede (MD, MPH, MSc) is Head of Division, Laboratory Systems and Acting Head, Division of Surveillance and Disease Intelligence at Africa CDC, African Union (AU) leading Africa CDC’s continental effort of strengthening laboratory and surveillance system. He provides strategic leadership for a number of Africa CDC led-initiatives: access to diagnostic, laboratory quality management system, biosafety and biosecurity, pathogen genomics surveillance network, Event-based surveillance, antimicrobial resistance and one health approach are among many thematic areas. He is a Medical Microbiologist and public health expert with over 20 years of clinical, teaching, laboratory science, research, capacity building, and program design and management experience. Before joining Africa CDC, he worked for more than 12 years as technical officer and later as Branch Chief for Laboratory at United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia (CDC-Ethiopia). Before joining CDC-Ethiopia, Dr. Yenew worked as assistant lecturer, lecturer and later as assistant professor at Gondar College of Medical Science, University of Gondar. He served as head of Department and hospital laboratory and member of academic commission of the College. He has written lecture notes on microbiology, immunology and parasitology and authored and co-authored more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has Medical Doctorate degree from Gondar College of Medical Sciences, masters in Medical Microbiology from Addis Ababa University and Masters in Public Health from University of Gondar.