Dr. Akudo Anyanwu is an award-winning global health expert, public health innovator, and social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the field of international development and global health. She currently serves as a Vice President, Development at Texas Biomedical Research Institute and previously served as an Associate Dean at Johns Hopkins University. Her experience spans Global Health programming, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, advocacy and resource mobilization. She is a passionate public speaker on global health issues and a skilled convener of global health stakeholders. Recently she was invited to join the YALP Harvard Business School City leaders 2023 class representing the city of San Antonio. She worked in Africa for 10 years focused on HIV, TB and Malaria public health programs in Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa and during that time, she developed and executed innovative public health sensitization programs on anti-HIV stigmatization. She has served on the boards of Roll Back Malaria, the Global Health Council, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
She is the curator for the Annual Global Health Symposium at Texas Biomedical Research Institute and also founded the Women and Girls Summit Africa which seeks to address the social challenges faced by women and girls in Africa. She is also the founder of Friends Africa, a pan-African organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by mobilizing African businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations. She has advised ministries of health in Africa and led strategic planning exercises for their departments leading to the development of workplans. She led and chaired a multi-sectoral coalition for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Soil Transmitted Helminths) at Emory University. She also led the strategic planning exercise for the WHO Sexual and Reproductive Health Partnership (IBP).