Dr. Owens Wiwa is an Executive Vice President, Regional Director of West and Central Africa and the Country Director in Nigeria for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He joined CHAI in 2007. Dr. Wiwa heads CHAI’s Nigeria office and plays a leadership role in health policy development and implementation at the Federal and State levels.
From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Wiwa worked with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, designing and leading research projects that focused on infectious diseases (especially HIV), and community and mental health in Africa and Nigeria. Prior to CHAI, Dr Wiwa worked extensively as a physician in rural Nigeria and as a human and environmental rights activist with organizations such as Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
Dr. Wiwa has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an MB BCH from the University of Calabar.