Professor Aliko Ahmed

Director of Public Health England

Aliko Ahmed is Director of Public Health England for East of England, and previously the Director of Public Health for Staffordshire NHS and County Council. He qualified in medicine, and trained in epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and at the University of Cambridge.
He oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS.

He has over 24 years’ experience working as a clinician, academic and public health practitioner in health systems across low and high income countries. His clinical work has been mainly in infectious and communicable diseases including STIs and HIV. His academic interest is in translational research, and has been involved in many academic-service based collaborative research programmes. He recently helped to establish a public health translational Centre for Health and Development at Staffordshire University.

Aliko is also involved in several global health initiatives. His earlier global health experiences include extensive field work in infectious diseases and outbreak as a medical epidemiologist with MSF, advising and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa, and a key role in a large global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies. He maintains a special interest in collaborative efforts towards sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

He is a member of the Global Health Committees of the Faculty of Public Health and PHE, the Chair of Public Health Africa Initiative, and the Co-Convener-Better Health for Africa Initiative. He is a Senior Fellow at Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, and a honorary Professor of Public Health at Staffordshire University.