Professor Tikki Pangestu is the former Director of Research Policy and Cooperation, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. Prior to joining the WHO, he was Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. He was also Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Professor Pangestu holds a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the Australian National University, Canberra, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), Institute of Biology (UK), American Academy of Microbiology (US), Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, and Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (Italy).
In addition to publishing more than 250 scientific articles and 12 books, he was lead author on several major WHO reports, including the World Health Report 2013: Research for Universal Health Coverage (2013), World Report on Knowledge for Better Health: Strengthening Health Systems (2004), and Genomics and World Health (2002). He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Immunization Coalition (APIC).
Professor Pang has a recognizable profile as a public health expert both nationally and internationally. His research interests are the epidemiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, and prevention of infectious diseases; biosecurity and dual-use research; genomics and health; health research systems and policy; global health governance; enhancement of research capabilities in developing countries; linkages between research and policy; vaccine confidence; and harm-reduction approaches to mitigating health problems. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of medical microbiology, immunology, global health policy and issues, and evidence-informed policy development.