Dr. Abraham Aseffa, M.D., Ph.D., graduated in medicine from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia (great distinction) and specialized in Medical Microbiology at the University of Leipzig in Germany where he did his dissertation on the development of an attenuated live vaccine against Listeria monocytogenes (summa cum laude). He joined and later headed the Department of Microbiology in Gondar College as Associate Professor. He conducted leprosy research for 1 year in Carville, LA as a senior Fulbright scholar and basic leishmania immunology research for 3 years in WHO IRTC in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) since 2001 as senior scientist, Deputy Director (2003-2010), Director (2010-2016) and Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation (2016-2018). Abraham Aseffa has substantial experience in collaborative TB, TB/HIV, leishmania and infectious disease research and in supervising graduate students at AHRI (over 20 PhD and 50 MSc completed and ongoing), as well as teaching Immunology and Clinical Microbiology at Addis Ababa and Haramaya University (Ethiopia) as honorary faculty member. He also holds an Adjunct Professor position at Emory University (USA) since 2014 and is a Fellow of the Ethiopian and Third World Academies of Sciences. He has co-authored over 300 articles in peer reviewed journals. Abraham is an active contributor to many professional associations and initiatives in Ethiopia and Africa. He has shown particular interest in capacity building efforts of health research manpower and ethics. He has been honored with Gold Medals for his contributions in health research by the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2003), Ethiopian Medical Association (2010) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (2013).