Guest Speaker - 2
Dr. Moshood Lanre Omotayo is a trained health specialist, global development expert, seasoned academic and an unrelenting philanthropist.
Dr. Omotayo began his education at St. Luke's Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos state, where he had his secondary school education. Thereafter, he secured admission at the Lagos State University to study Medicine at the Lagos State University College of Medicine. He bagged his Medical Degree.
Dr. Omotayo began his medical practice as a House Officer at Lagos Island Maternity and Massey Children Hospitals, the busiest maternal and pediatric care centers in Nigeria. After working briefly for the Lagos State Hospital Management Board, and serving as a Medical officer/practice manager for healthcare facility in sub-urban Lagos, Nigeria, he enrolled at Havard University, USA, where he earned his Masters in Public Health. In his unrelenting quest for knowledge, Dr. Omotayo proceeded to earn his PhD in Human Nutrition, Epidemiology and Social Policy at Cornell University, before heading to the University at Buffalo and Buffalo General Hospital to complete his postgraduate clinical and research training.
Upon concluding his postgraduate training, Dr. Omotayo joined the Massachusetts General Hospital as an Assistant(attending) in Emergency Medicine, with secondary appointment as an Instructor in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist at the Division of Global Health Innovation. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, lecturing medical students and clinical fellows.
Apart from his impressive academic exploits, Dr. Omotayo is not left out in extramural activities and that has revealed his excellent social and leadership credentials. At ABC Nurseryland, he was awarded the best student in his class throughout his 8 years in the school, and was named best graduating student. His sterling academic performance continued into his secondary school at St Luke’s Grammar School, where he was named 2nd best graduating student and at the University, he was elected president of the union. Dr. Omotayo was at various times President, Medical College Students' Union Government, Deputy Speaker of the Student Parliament, Student Representative on the Medical College Academic Board Student Affairs Committee; Member, Medical College Academic Board Library Committee and Founding President Campus Renaissance Club.
At Harvard, he was admitted on a Harvard School of Public Health MPH Scholarship, and elected to represent the MPH class of 2011 in the faculty/student board. He served as a research assistant for Charles Nunn, resulting in co-authorship of a 2012 publication in Ecology Letters, which was ranked as the world’s leading journal in infectious diseases ecology in the same year.
At Cornell University, he was named the Lewis and Esta Ress Fellow for the 2013 academic year, and the Lydia Darling Scholar for the 2014 academic year.
Over the years, Dr. Omotayo has conducted research and provided technical support to governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and India, and his research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Agencies, and the aid agencies of the U.S and Canadian governments. He has over 20 publications and 200 citations in international journals.
He has also been involved in many social causes, both as a student and in his professional career. Dr. Omotayo is an active participant in community development and has been involved in rendering support to individuals and development focused groups. He is a member of several professional and sectorial bodies, and has deep experience in public health and development related issues. Dr. Omotayo has attended several international and regional conferences, and speaks regularly on approaches to addressing poverty and malnutrition, and improving population health in low and middle income countries.
As a philanthropist, Dr. Omotayo engages in silent interventions. He has touched several lives and made considerable contributions to his community. He sits on the boards of Feeding The World Inc., Foresight International and Avicenna Consulting.