Dr. John Nkengasong is Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until recently, he served as the deputy principal director (acting) of the Center for Global Health, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC). He received a master's in Tropical Biomedical Science at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, another master's degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Brussels School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the University of Brussels, Belgium. Between 1993 and 1995 he was Chief of Virology and the WHO Collaborating Center on HIV diagnostics, at the Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. He joined the US CDC in 1995 as Chief of the Virology Laboratory, US CDC Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He has received numerous awards for his work including, but not limited to, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for excellence in Public Health Protection Research, the Sheppard Award, the US Director’s Recognitions Award and, most recently, the William Watson Medal of Excellence, the highest recognition awarded by CDC. Awarded for outstanding contributions and leadership in advancing global laboratory services and programs to support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, he is also recipient of the knight of honour medal by the government of Côte d’Ivoire. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and served on various international advisory boards and as a reviewer for numerous journals.