Dr Leonardo Santos Simão

High Representative for Africa

EDCTP staff - portrait of High Representative South Dr Leonardo Simão


Dr Leonardo Santos Simão is a medical doctor by training. After his graduation from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique in 1980, he worked in rural areas of Mozambique as a medical officer at district and provincial levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community Health in Developing Countries) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom). He also taught in the Faculty of Medicine of the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Dr Simão is the Executive Director of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the SADC Mediation Reference Group, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Improvement of the Business Environment (FAN Foundation). Dr Simão is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Manhiça Foundation, which runs the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), in Mozambique. He is also a member of MEOC (Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee), of the WHO Global Malaria Program and a member of the Board of Patrons of the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (IsGlobal). Recently, he was appointed as Roving Ambassador and Special Envoy by the President of Mozambique.