Dr. Hassan Mshinda
Dr. Hassan Mshinda obtained a Master of Science in Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology from the University of Liverpool in 1992, and later a PhD in 2000 from the University of Basel in Switzerland. As a scientist and later the Director of Ifakara Health Institute, he attracted several research grants from various international donors and foundations, funding projects that have had their results published in various international and peer reviewed journals. The results of his studies have gone on to impact health policy and strategies both at national and international levels, in particular, on malaria, schistosomiasis and child health. During his leadership the Institute was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award on International Cooperation 2008 by the Prince of Spain.
In June 2008, Dr. Mshinda was appointed the role of Director General of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), a position he held until November 2017. During this time, he initiated various innovation spaces and incubation programs as part of his efforts to develop an innovation ecosystem in Tanzania. As a result of these initiatives, the government of Tanzania increased its funding on research and innovation, supported by development partners such as the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Swedish International Development Agency, among others.
Dr. Mshinda has been a member of various boards of research and academic institutions. He was a member of United National High Level Commission for Health Commodities for Newborn and Pregnant Women and was Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. Currently, he is a consultant with Swiss-based Botnar Foundation, focusing on leveraging digital technology to improve child health and wellbeing.