Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma is the Acting Director of Africa CDC. In this role he leads the strategic work and oversight of Africa CDC and works closely with African Union Member States and partners to achieve the mandate of Africa CDC. Formerly, he worked with the WHO at both the HQs and Regional Office for Africa, in combating NCDs and tobacco control. Prior to that, Dr. Ahmed worked at country level in the Ministry of Health, Kenya, as Director for NCDs and then Head of the Office for International Health Relations. He has been at the forefront of advocacy and action to reform the health system in Africa including the need to establish an efficient and effective response mechanism for disease threats and health emergencies. He has over 25 years’ experience in public health and is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the University of Bergen in Norway.