Jeremy Farrar

Chief Scientist
World Health Organization
Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy Farrar is the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization. Previously he was the Director at the Wellcome Trust – a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation that exists to improve health by helping big ideas to thrive. 

Dr. Farrar is a clinician scientist who was, for eighteen years, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam, where his research interests were in infectious diseases and global health with a focus on emerging infections. He has published almost 600 articles. 

Dr. Farrar was named 12th in the Fortune list of 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015 and was awarded the Memorial Medal and Ho Chi Minh City Medal from the Government of Viet Nam. In 2018 he was awarded the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, National Academies USA, the European Molecular Biology Organisation and a Fellow of The Royal Society. Dr. Farrar was knighted in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours for services to Global Health.

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