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Alex Ezeh, PhD

Dornsife Professor of Global Health, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University

Alex Ezeh, PhD, is professor of Global Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Ezeh brings decades of experience in research, research capacity strengthening and policy advocacy on a range of global health and development issues. He comes to Dornsife from the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) where he served as the founding Executive Director and, over a period of 17 years, guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost research center addressing population, health, education and development issues. He initiated and directed the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen doctoral training and the retention of academics at African universities.

Alex Ezeh’s work focuses on addressing the challenges that come with the growth of slums around the world and the continuing rapid population growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Ezeh’s work has highlighted the development implications of SSA’s population and urbanization trends, underscored the unique vulnerabilities slum populations face, defined the systems (education, health, economic, etc.) that best serve slum populations, and has ensured slum populations become more visible in national and global reports and data systems. He co-leads the GATHER program as well as a multi-donor funded effort to strengthen knowledge institutions in Africa.