Plenary Speakers

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr

Director of ICAP - Columbia University

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA is a University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University, the director of ICAP at Columbia University, and director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. El-Sadr founded ICAP,  a global health center situated at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, which is focused on addressing major global health threats, and health systems strengthening that provides technical assistance, implementation support through strengthening health systems in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries around the role. In this role, she leads the design, implementation, scale-up, and evaluation of large-scale programs and research including on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and maternal-child health among other public health challenges.

Dr. El-Sadr is a prominent researcher and has led numerous epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, and implementation science research studies.  She is a principal investigator of the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), which seeks to prevent HIV transmission, globally.

Dr. El-Sadr was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In 2013, she was appointed University Professor, Columbia's highest academic honor. She is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She also holds the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair in Global Health at Columbia University.