Dr. Jean-Paul Dossou (MD, MPH, PhD) is a Beninese public health scientist with over 13 years of experience in the fields of research, systemic learning and knowledge management in health. Since 2019, he has led the Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Démographie (CERRHUD) or Centre for Research in Human Reproduction and Demography based in Cotonou, Benin. CERRHUD is a hybrid research and implementation organization active in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, malaria and other communicable and non-communicable diseases in Benin, West Africa and East Africa since 1979.
As a manager, Mr. Dossou oversees the development and implementation process of numerous health projects in sub-Saharan Africa, primarily funded by international bilateral and multilateral research and development partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), the Belgian Directorate-General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) project, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), International Development Research Center (IDRC), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
Mr. Dossou is engaged in several professional networks. He is the chair of the West African Network of Emerging Leaders in Health Policy and Systems (WANEL). He currently serves on the board of trustees of the African Health Economics Association. He is an active member of Health System Global and played a key role in organizing the World Symposium on Health Systems Research in 2017, 2018, and 2022.
He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. Since 2017, Mr. Dossou has worked as a consultant, undertaking several complex health policy process facilitation missions in West and East Africa.
“I strongly believe in inclusive leadership, centered on people, as a powerful balm of hope over several current challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, I’m feeling happy joining the board of R4D, engaged to demonstrate transformative leadership in global health.” – Jean-Paul Dossou