Dr Izukanji  Sikazwe, MBChB, MPH is CIDRZ Chief Executive Officer

Dr Izukanji Sikazwe is an infectious disease physician, HIV programme expert, and clinical researcher whose work has been funded by the US National Institutes of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization. She has served as Deputy CEO since joining CIDRZ in 2013. Prior to that she served as an HIV Technical and Policy expert within the University of Maryland programme in Zambia, and was seconded for two years to provide technical assistance within the National Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Programme of the Government of the Republic of Zambia. She is an active member of multiple government Technical Working Groups, a valued mentor and educator of medical trainees and Masters-level students at the University of Zambia School of Medicine, and practices clinical medicine at the Adult Infectious Disease Centre of Excellence at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

Dr Sikazwe graduated with an MBChB degree from the UNZA School of Medicine and completed internship at University Teaching Hospital. She then completed Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore and the University of Maryland, USA. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University, USA.

She previously served as CIDRZ Deputy CEO for almost four years under Dr Charles Holmes and was promoted to CEO in January 2017 after a competitive search.