AfHEA appoints Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba as the Executive Director (incoming)
Following the successful conclusion of the recruitment drive for the position of AfHEA Executive Director, the rigorous recruitment process saw Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba emerge as the most suited candidate out of the impressive pool of applicants for the role. Having accepted the offer put forth, he has subsequently been appointed by the Board of Trustees as the incoming Executive Director.
His tenure takes effect from April 1st 2022 with a preceding, transitionary period of engagement in order to understudy the current Executive Director, Dr. Chris Atim. A detailed bio of Prof. Ataguba (who was also quite recently appointed as Canada Research Chair in Health Economics) will follow shortly.
Upon his appointment as incoming ED he stated, "I acknowledge the huge responsibility of leading AfHEA and will commit to delivering to the best of my abilities. I also want to use this opportunity to thank Dr. Chris Atim for his sterling leadership and commitment to AfHEA over the past years… Although AfHEA is still growing, I want to assure you that your investments in AfHEA, and those of fellow colleagues, will continue to grow into the future".
A huge congratulations to Prof. Ataguba and to the entire Association!!
Below is a brief bio of Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba:
Professor John Ataguba is a leading researcher in the economics of health inequality and health equity in Africa and internationally. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town. His academic career began as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Nigeria, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in economics. He has recently been appointed the inaugural Canada Research Chair in Health Economics at the University of Manitoba. Before joining the University of Manitoba, John was a Professor of Economics and Director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town.
Prof Ataguba was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils for Health and Healthcare and Healthy Aging and Longevity. He received many awards, including the TW Kambule-NSTF Award, described as the 'Oscar Award' for science and research in South Africa. He was a Mellon Mandela Fellow (20016/17) at Harvard University, USA. He also served as the interim South African Research Chair in Health and Wealth at the University of Cape Town. Prof. Ataguba was also the Deputy Executive Director in charge of capacity development for the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA).
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the International Health Economics Association (iHEA), a fellow for the Pan-African Scientific Research Council (PASRC), and a research fellow for the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) network. Prof. Ataguba is an advisor nationally, and to international agencies, including the World Health Organization. He is passionate about health economics teaching, research and policy in Africa. His research interests in economics include poverty, inequality, equity in health and health care, social determinants of health, health financing and the economics of aging. He has several years of research and teaching experience in many African countries, supervising dozens of postgraduate students and has published widely in his areas of research interest.