Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Handa Professor of Global Health. He was founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008. He held positions at the World Health Organisation, Imperial College London, the Universities of Washington and of Nairobi, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the College de France, Paris.
In 1976 he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire while working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp in his native Belgium. He has led research on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and women's health, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.
Dr. Piot has published more than 550 scientific articles and 16 books, including his memoir No Time to Lose in 2012, and Aids between Science and Politics . He has a medical degree from the University of Ghent, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Antwerp. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, is a recipient of numerous scientific awards, and was a 2014 Time Person of the Year “The Ebola Fighters”.