Prof. Yanis Ben Amor is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Microbiological Sciences and a member of the Secretariat of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Prof. Ben Amor has created the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, a program launched by Columbia University to promote diagnostic services to patients in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. He is a molecular biologist and technical advisor responsible for developing effective infectious diseases control programs and designing and implementing comprehensive laboratory infrastructures and services. He joined Professor Sachs’ team in 2004.
Dr. Ben Amor has over 20 years of research experience in infectious diseases, mainly tuberculosis, HIV and now COVID-19. He was involved in many projects all over the world, conducting research on new diagnostic tests for tuberculosis and HIV as well as improving quality of care and access to tuberculosis and HIV treatment for patients in developing countries and has previously worked for several organizations such as the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France). Dr. Ben Amor has also created several Digital Health tools, particularly for tuberculosis patients to facilitate their adherence, for HIV positive mothers to help them prevent vertical transmission of the virus, for malaria control programs to monitor use of resources for an effective control strategy, and more recently, for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to provide health information and healthcare access.
Dr. Ben Amor has a PhD in Molecular Biology. He has published widely in infectious diseases, global health, and prevention. He is also regularly a speaker on behalf of Columbia University and the Earth Institute at various conferences worldwide.