Yohannes Kinfu

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My name is Yohannes Kinfu. I am a statistical demographer and economist by training.

In a career spanning over 15 years of post-doctoral experience, I had the pleasure and privilege of working for various institutions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

I held academic positions at the Australian National University, Qatar University, the University of Queensland, and Addis Ababa University, and worked for the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. 

I have also served as Head of the Urbanization and Wellbeing Research Program and Leader of the Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance Site (NUHDSS) at the African Population and Health Research Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Currently,  I work for the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra. I also hold positions at the Department of Health Metrics Sciences, University of Washington, and Morduch Children Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

My research interests are in health care economics, health system analytics, and the statistical and mathematical modelling of disease patterns, risk factors, and population dynamics in a global context. My work has been published widely in major medical and public health journals. For the past two years (2020 & 2021), I have been listed among Australia’s leading researchers in the Health and Medicine discipline.

I have attracted over $4 million for my research from various sources, including the Australian Research Council, the Australian Heart Foundation, and the Gates Foundation. 

Currently, I serve in the WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics task force. I am also a member of the Scientific Council for the Global Burden of Disease Study at the Institute of Health Metrics, USA.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

3 Oct 2018 → …

Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington

3 Oct 2018 → …


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