Walter Jaoko is a physician and professor of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Medicine and Director of KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research, at University of Nairobi, an Extraordinary Professor of Medicine at Stellenbosch University, and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and PhD in medical microbiology from University of Nairobi, a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics from Stellenbosch University as a Fogarty Scholar, and a master’s degree in Global Bioethics from Anahuac University in Mexico. He is a Fellow of the Africa Academy of Sciences, and has conducted clinical research for the past 30 years in various aspects of infectious diseases. He also has an interest in health research ethics and promotion of ethical standards in the conduct of health research in developing countries. In this regard, he has conducted trainings in research ethics in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Botswana, and serves as a research ethics committee member at Strathmore University, a private university in Nairobi. His experience in governance spans over 20 years during which he has served as a Director in Boards of several non-governmental and research organizations.