ADVANCE Chief of Party and IAVI Africa Director
Kundai Chinyenze, M.D., MPH, leads the ADVANCE and Africa teams to improve the systems and governance of ADVANCE, strengthen IAVI’s East Africa office, and enhance the connectivity across all IAVI activities in Africa. Chinyenze also leads the identification and maximization of additional sources of funding to ensure the long-term sustainability of ADVANCE’s work in Africa.
Chinyenze has more than 18 years of work experience in East and Southern Africa, including 16 years in clinical HIV/AIDS care, program management, and HIV prevention research. Her expertise spans across clinical trial safety monitoring in HIV vaccine and antibody trials, design and implementation of epidemiologic and clinical trials, and development of health programs in primary health care and HIV/AIDS. She also possesses extensive experience in HIV Vaccine R&D and has worked with multiple collaborators in HIV research in Africa and Europe.
Chinyenze holds an MBChB from the University of Zimbabwe and an MPH from the University of Leeds, among other professional trainings. In 2010, Chinyenze received the Leeds University John Griffith Prize for distinctive work in public health.