Oluwayemisi (Yemisi) Ajumobi is a resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. Ajumobi focuses on the adoption of NextGen sequencing technologies to enhance global health security. She works in the areas of improving pathogen genomics data sharing and governance arrangements; environmental monitoring and early warning of environmentally driven emerging biological threats, including antimicrobial resistant pathogens; and biosecurity and emerging technology policies to mitigate potential societal and geopolitical risks. She has over twelve years of experience in global health security and development. Previously, she worked with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice where she provided technical, operational, and policy advice to national governments on enhancing the health security capacities of countries across the Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia regions, as well as on strengthening the resilience of country health systems to effectively address public health emergencies.
Ajumobi’s research interests include improving risk analysis of the spillover, emergence, and spread of environmentally driven emerging and re-emerging zoonotic infectious disease pathogens with pandemic potential. She is working on building strong coalitions across developing and developed economies and adopting multisectoral solutions to enhance global health security.
Ajumobi holds a master in public health in epidemiology and global health from Columbia University; a master of science in human resources design (human resources for health and health administration) from Claremont Graduate University; and a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Lagos. She is an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative Fellowship and a graduate of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.