Director General’s Profile

Dr. Taye Tolera

Taye Tolera Balcha has been appointed by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as Director General of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in June 2016. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Special Advisor and Head of Office the State Minister of Health. He has also worked at various levels of leadership in the Oromia region, including as Deputy Head of the Regional Health Bureau, researcher and clinician.

Taye obtained his PhD degree in Epidemiology from Lund University, Sweden in 2015. He wrote his dissertation on improved methods of TB diagnosis among HIV-positive individuals. Taye received Masters Degree in Public Health from the same university and Doctoral Degree in Medicine from Addis Ababa University. He has led scores of important national initiatives including country ownership and leadership of HIV programme and the establishment of Grand Challenges Ethiopia to stimulate innovations that can catalyze the progress in health sector and improve people’s daily lives. He has several peer reviewed publications. His areas of interest include research in infectious diseases, maternal and child health and health and community systems, as well as health innovation and health biotechnology. Taye is a reviewer for a dozen of peer reviewed journals and he is a member of Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada.