The President of the United States of America Joe Biden has made known his intent to nominate Cameroonian-born Dr. John N. Nkengasong as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally at the Department of State.
Now a US citizen, Dr. John N. Nkengasong as Ambassador-at-Large will be expected to lead, manage, and oversee the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
PEPFAR, it should be recalled, is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history, prevent millions of HIV infections, save lives, and make progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
If confirmed, Dr. Nkengasong will become the first-ever person of African origin to hold the position.
The nominee is currently the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a specialized technical institution of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Before becoming Director of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention, he held the position of Acting Deputy Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and before that the Chief of the International Laboratory Branch, Division of Global HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis at the CDC.
Dr. Nkengasong has also served in many other capacities including being a board member for the International Vaccine Initiative in New York, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, in Norway.
His works have seen him get several recognitions in addition to authoring or co-authored over 250 peer-review papers and book chapters in professional journals.