Dr Mahlet Kifle Habtemariam is a Senior Advisor at the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) responsible for providing policy and strategic advice, coordinating the phased operationalization of Africa CDC, supporting the institution’s Regional Coordinating Centers and leading key strategic engagements, including the interface with the African Union COVID-19 Commission.
With over 15 years of practice in public health, Dr Mahlet has extensive expertise in formulating health policies and strategies and executing health programs at national and regional levels. In her previous role at Africa CDC, she was a Principal Program Officer, leading the Executive Office and the institution’s key priority initiatives. Before that, Dr Mahlet held progressively responsible positions at the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, including the Chief of Staff role in the Office of the Minister.
Dr Mahlet is passionate about health policy and systems research. She is an active member of various technical advisory groups and governing boards. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from Addis Ababa University and a Master of Public Health from University College Dublin. Dr Mahlet is a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and an African Public Health Leaders Fellow at Chatham House.