BirthdayFebruary 17, 1949
BirthplaceLeuven, Belgium

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  1. About Peter Piot

    Full name: Peter Piot
    Also known as: Peter Piot, Baron Peter Piot, Piot, Peter
    Education: Ghent University
    Professions: Belgian UN official

  2. Peter Piot Known for

    House of Numbers: Anatomy of an Epidemic (2009), Unseen Enemy (2015), NOW on PBS (2002), 60 Minutes (1968)

  3. Peter Piot Biography

    Baron Peter Piot, MD, PhD FRCP FMedSci (born 1949 in Leuven, Belgium) is a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former Executive Director of the UN specialized agency UNAIDS, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a professor at Imperial College London. In 2004, he was awarded the Vlerick Award.After he qualified as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1974, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976. In 1980, Peter Piot received a PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He was also a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.In the 1980s, Dr. Piot participated in a series of collaborative projects in Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania and Zaire. Project SIDA in Kinshasa, Zaire was the first international project on AIDS in Africa and is widely acknowledged as having provided the foundations of our understanding of HIV infection in Africa. He was a professor of microbiology, and of public health at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, in Antwerp, and the Universities of Nairobi, Brussels, and Lausanne.From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Piot was president of the International AIDS Society. 1992 he became Assistant Director of the World Health Organization's Global Programme on HIV/AIDS. On 12 December 1994, he was appointed Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He stepped down from this role in late 2008, at which time he was replaced by Michel Sidibé.Dr. Piot was appointed an Officer of the Order of the Leopard of Zaire in 1976 for his work during the Ebola outbreak, and was also appointed an Officer of the Order of the Lion of Senegal. He was ennobled as a Baron by King Albert II of Belgium, in 1995. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is fluent in three languages and is the author of 16 books and more than 500 scientific articles. He became the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 2010.

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