Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela PhD,FTAAS
Dr Malecela is Director General of the National Intsitute for Medical Research Tanzania and is the first woman to hold this position. She holds the position of Chief Research Scientist, and is also Director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program.
Mwele holds a Bsc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Dar-es-salaam and an Msc and PhD in Parasitology from the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Her area of specialization was filarial immunology specifically on filarial immune evasion mechanisms. Dr Malecela is a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences.
Mwele has worked at the National institute for Medical Research for 27 years, where she started off as a junior scientist, mainly in the field of Lymphatic Filariasis immunoepidemiology. As Director General her work has focused on research capacity strengthening and building of strong national research systems.
Mwele chairs the Medical Research Coordinating Committee (MRCC), which is the main body responsible for oversight of health research in the country. Mwele is the member of serves on several committees and boards in country related to Health Research, Science and Technology and is a strong advocate of increasing the number of women working in science related fields.
In her role as Director of the National Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program she brings her long research experience to efforts to eliminate filariasis, and she has run the national program since its inception in 2000. She is well known for her role in advocacy campaigns that have brought to light the real extent of the problem in Tanzania. She is now an Advisor to the integrated NTD program
Mwele is currently Vice President of the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Dr Malecela is also on the International Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada. Until June 2010
Mwele was President of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and Chair of the Representative contact group of the Alliance. Dr Malecela is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations. Dr Malecela is a member of several professional bodies and has several publications in peer -reviewed journals. Dr Malecela has received a number of awards including the Global NTD Champions award for her work in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases.