BioDr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor is a public health physician and global health thought leader. He is a leading voice on COVID-19, decolonization of global health, global health equity, global health security, universal health coverage, digital health and health research.
Ifeanyi is a graduate of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Nnamdi Azikiwe University School of Medicine. For more than 23 years since graduating as a medical doctor, he has worked in government, international non-profit organizations, indigenous non-profit health organizations and the private health sector. He was involved in launching two successful health start-ups (Nigeria Health Watch and EpiAFRIC). He served as CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch.
Ifeanyi has led more than 30 research projects across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria. In 2021, he led a national survey to unpack Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s response to the pandemic and plans for the country’s future preparedness for epidemics/pandemics. In 2015, he was co-lead of evaluation of the African Union’s intervention to end the Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Since 2017, Ifeanyi has led the conceptualisation, coalition-building, fundraising and implementation of seven hackathons to develop digital health technologies across 3 countries (Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa).
He was recently interviewed by The New York Times on why monkeypox should be renamed. In addition, he has been interviewed by top news outlets such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, Forbes, The Lancet etc. Ifeanyi is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Global Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and an Innovation Fellow at PandemicTech at Austin, Texas. In 2020, Ifeanyi was named among 100 most influential Africans by the NewAfrican Magazine and a coronavirus top 100 healthcare professional globally by Onalytica. He is a two-time TEDx Speaker and a MOTH Storyteller . In recognition of his thought leadership, he has served as guest lecturer at the 2021 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene pre-conference meeting; Boston University School of Public Health; London International Development Centre (and a consortium of 8 UK universities); University of Oxford and School of Oriental and African Studies; University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda; Providence College, Rhode Island; and Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University.
Ifeanyi is married to Omegie. They have two daughters - Yagazie and Chimamanda and a dog Coco. To read all Ifeanyi’s opinion pieces, please visit www.ifeanyinsofor.com/opinion-pieces
Professional Interests & Expertise
Advocacy,Anti-Racism / Diversity Equity & Inclusion Training,Community Health,Community Partnerships,Government,Health and Technology,Health Finance,Health Systems,Health Workforce,Human Rights,Indigenous Health,Journalism and Storytelling,Leadership,Maternal and Child Health,Measurement and Evaluation,Non-Profit,Nutrition,Policy/Advocacy,Primary Care,Public Health,Research,Rural Health,Stakeholder Engagement,Universal Health