Co-Director, Global Diet and Activity Research Group, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist and Honorary Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) at UCT, and a Clinical Epidemiology doctorate at Imperial College London. She leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE) on transdisciplinary urban health, generating evidence to support healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities, and supporting a coordinated approach between science, policy and societal role players, to identify creative strategies to address complex urban population health challenges in rapidly growing cities globally.
She has served as scientific adviser for several organisations including Future Earth, World Health Organization, International Science Council and the African Academy of Science; and is an editorial board member of Lancet Planetary Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health.
Profiled in the Lancet journal (2016), Science magazine (2018), and the British Medical Journal (2019), she is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, immediate past co-chair of the Global Young Academy, 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, and a 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.