Solomon Nwaka, PhD
Executive Director – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Solomon Nwaka’s scientific and management career spans different academic and public institutions, biopharmaceutical industry, product development partnerships and international organizations in several countries including Nigeria, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Ethiopia. Presently he is the Executive Director of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) which is a Pan African organization with the vision to create a sustainable platform for health innovation in Africa. Previously he served as the interim Executive Director of ANDI, and headed various R&D units at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining WHO, he served as Director of drug discovery and innovation at the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a product development partnership based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also worked on product R&D for specific communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as on basic and applied research at different public and private institutions around the world. He has published widely on global health, product R&D, public-private partnerships, networks as well as capacity building and utilization in developing countries.