Salim Abdulla, PhD is the former Chief Executive Director of Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He trained as a medical officer and pursued training in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc) and Swiss Tropical Institute (PhD). Dr Abdulla joined IHI in 1996 and has been extensively involved in the evaluation of malaria vaccines and new malaria treatments for regulatory licensure. Previously, he managed large-scale evaluation of insecticide-treated bednets and artemisinin-based combinations therapy for national policy formulation. He was also involved in multi-country evaluation of mortality patterns and malaria transmission in demographic surveillance sites across Africa. Dr Abdulla founded and led the Bagamoyo Research and Training Centre, the branch of IHI responsible for biomedical and clinical research and training. Dr. Abdulla has published extensively on malaria intervention strategies and has an interest in the translation of research results into policy, clinical epidemiology and capacity development issues. He serves as a technical advisor to various technical committees in Tanzania and internationally. He has received a number of international awards including the centenary medal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the UK in 2007 and the Donald Reid Medal in 2015.