Olufunmilayo Lesi is a Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist. She has over 18 years’ experience in GI & Hepatology and was previously Head of Hepatology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where she actively coordinated the clinical care and management of patients with viral hepatitis and advanced liver disease. She has been actively involved in hepatitis and liver cancer research in Nigeria and Gambia, West Africa (IARC/Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study) and has many publications in local and international peer reviewed journals. She has also been involved with training and manpower development in Medicine and Hepatology and gastrointestinal endoscopy in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region
In her current role as regional advisor for viral hepatitis at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Lesi currently provides and coordinates technical support for the development of national strategies and policies related to hepatitis epidemiology, prevention, and management, in addition, to proactively contributing to enhancing the regional profile of viral hepatitis
She is providing country support and overseeing the collation of hepatitis strategic information and surveillance data in the Africa region and contributes to strengthening communication and establishing partnerships with global, regional and national organizations with emphasis on adopting a public health approach to hepatitis control and fostering public health-clinician interaction. She is a member of several national and international groups, including WHO’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on Viral Hepatitis.