Babatunde Olowokure

Chief, Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Department

Dr Babatunde Olowokure is Chief, Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Department of the World Health Organization Emergencies Programme, Switzerland. He is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and a trained public health practitioner. Prior to this appointment, Dr Olowokure worked in the WHO Western Pacific Region where he had particular responsibilities for managing the surveillance, alert and response capabilities of the regional office, with a focus on supporting Member States to identify, assess, report and analyse data related to epidemic-prone diseases, outbreaks and public health emergencies. During this time, he played a key role in developing and managing the Western Pacific Regional FETP fellowship programme.

From 2013 – 2015, Dr Olowokure served as the first Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and established the Agency’s Regional Global Health Security programme, he also supported the development and implementation of the Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (CR-FELTP). Dr Olowokure has published extensively, and been professionally involved in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, and response to public health emergencies for more than 25 years. He has worked in a variety of countries and settings in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. .