Professor Yap Boum II is Executive Director of the Institute Pasteur of Bangui in Central Africa Republic and the former Representative of Epicentre, The research arm of MSF. He has implemented studies on TB, malaria, HIV, Ebola, COVID-19 and teaches Public Health and Microbiology across Africa. He was the Chief of Operations of COVID-19 response in Cameroon. Prof Boum II has a strong interest on equity and the contribution of African scientists in Global Health. He has co-found Kmerpad, that developed washable sanitary pads to empower women. He has also co-found iDocta a digital platform that take healthcare services to the community. Recently, he co-started Homegrown Solutions for Health (HS4Health) to find innovative solutions to address health challenges Africa faces. The Village digital platform from HS4Health uses AI to connect scientist toward decolonizing Global Health. He is inspired by the vision of a healthy and wealthy Africa that relies on local resources and equitable partnership.
He holds a degree in Engineering, School of Industrial Biology, Cergy; Master’s in Microbiology University of Paris XI; PhD in Microbiology, University Paris XI; MPH in Epidemiology, University of Liverpool; and a MBA specialized in Entrepreneurship and Leadership, University of Cape Town.