Dr. Portia Mutevedzi holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from University College London in United Kingdom; an MSc (Medicine): Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand and BSc (Honors) Biological Sciences. Prior to joining the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in May 2014, she worked for the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, initially as a lab coordinator and then as an epidemiologist responsible for a large devolved public sector antiretroviral therapy (ART) program and co-investigator on several research protocols. With over a decade of research experience within the public health sector, she then joined the NICD in 2014, as the provincial epidemiologist for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health; a position she held for one year before being promoted to Senior Public Health Epidemiologist for the NICD. Presently as Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, she is leading the development and implementation of a new national surveillance system for notifiable medical conditions in South Africa. Additionally, she leads a team of epidemiologists deployed by the NICD to each of the 9 provinces of South Africa. Dr Mutevedzi also chairs the ‘real-time’ surveillance action package under the IHR JEE and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in South Africa and is a member of the WHO expert committee on development of public health emergency operations centers.