Ilesh Jani

National Institute of Health, Mozambique 

Director General 

Ilesh Jani was born in Mozambique in 1973. He first studied Human Medicine at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique (1998), and later received a PhD in immunology from the University of London in the United Kingdom (2003). He has been a researcher at Mozambique’s National Institute of Health since 1998, where he served as the head of the Department of Immunology from 2004 to 2009. He has been director general of the NIH since 2009, and has worked closely with IANPHI in to implement new initiatives for disease monitoring and outbreak investigation and a comprehensive and coordinated system of public health laboratories, including a new public health reference laboratory. He has played a key role, in collaboration with Fiocruz, IANPHI’s member institute in Brazil, to complete a strategic plan for a new institute. 


During his career, Dr,. Jani has led efforts in the areas of research, public health, education. and diagnostics with the objective of strengthening the health system in Mozambique. He is currently part of the board of directors of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). His fields of research include diagnostic laboratory technologies and the immunology of HIV/AIDS, and he has authored several publications in peer-reviewed international journals.