Alumnus Professor Sir Alimuddin (Ali) Zumla, GCDS, FRCP (Lond&Edin), FRCPath (UK), PhD (Lond), FRSB (UK), has been honoured with a Knighthood (KBE) by Her Majesty The Queen in her 2017 Birthday Honours List for his exceptional services to public health and infectious diseases.
Sir Ali is a global leader in the field of infectious diseases and has made very significant contributions to the fields of TB, TB/HIV co-infection and other infections with epidemic potential. He has excelled in assisting sub-Saharan African countries in developing research, capacity development and training programmes.
Sir Ali holds the positions of Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health in the Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, UK, and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He serves as honorary and visiting Professor at several institutions in Africa and Europe.
Sir Ali studied for an MSc in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the School in 1981, graduating in1982 with a distinction and was awarded the Murgratroyd Prize. He later returned to the School to study his PhD, graduating in 1987 and was awarded the Alan Woodruff Medal for best PhD. Sir Ali Zumla also served as a member of the LSHTM Court of Governors from 2007 to 2014.
Responding to the news of the Knighthood, Sir Ali Zumla said: “I am absolutely delighted to be accorded this wonderful honour! It’s awe-inspiring and a great privilege to be together with exceptional people who have distinguished themselves, serving humanity in different ways with great commitment and impact.”
“I would like to share this honour with the numerous selfless and committed people across the world, who I work with effectively on a range of academic, capacity development, advocacy and charity activities on poverty-related diseases. I am blessed with a very supportive family, excellent research teams and awesome talented friends who have shown ‘unity of purpose’ for improving the lives and health of disadvantaged populations worldwide.”
Congratulations Sir Ali on your award, it is an honour to have you as part of our alumni community!
Image courtesy of Professor Jamshed Bomanji, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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