Pedro L. Alonso

Special Advisor

Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD, is Professor of Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and consultant at the Department of International Health, Hospital Clinic-University of Barcelona.

Between 2014 and 2022, Prof. Alonso served the World Health Organization (WHO) as director of the Global Malaria Programme (2014-2022). Prior to that, he was the founding director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) (2010), the scientific director leading the establishment of the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM) in Mozambique (1996), and was part of the leadership team that established the European Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) (2004). He has authored more than 400 papers in peer reviewed journals, with a strong focus on malaria epidemiology, and development and testing of new control tools and strategies, including insecticide treated bednets, medicines and vaccines. He has also researched other diseases affecting most vulnerable populations particularly in Africa, including tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections, among others. Prof. Alonso has lectured in universities across four continents, has mentored many young scientists and directed more than 25 PhD thesis. Recipient of several national and international awards, including the Ross Medal (University of London), an Honorary International Fellow of the ASTMH, the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (BBVA) and the Carlos IV Award (Royal Society of Medicine), he has served on several national and international committees and is an Honorary Trustee of the Manhiça Foundation.

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