Peter Piot is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Global Health. From 2009-2010 he was the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College for Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. Under his leadership UNAIDS became the chief advocate for worldwide action against AIDS, also spear heading UN reform by bringing together ten UN system organizations.
Dr. Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health, and public health in Africa. He was a professor of microbiology and public health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, and the University of Nairobi. He was a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds the chair 2009/2010 “Knowledge against Poverty” at the College de France in Paris, and is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.
Dr. Piot is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Académie Nationale de Médicine of France, and the Royal Academy of Medicine in his native Belgium, and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He is the President of the King Baudouin Foundation, was knighted as a baron in 1995, and has published over 500 scientific articles and 16 books.