Kundai Chinyenze

  • Medical Director, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
  • University of Leeds, Health


Kundai is a medical doctor currently working as the Medical Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Her focus is on the design and implementation of Phase 1-3 clinical trials, combination prevention studies and observational studies. She also leads the IAVI International Training and Investigator Initiated Programs to build scientific and research capacity in 5 African Countries. She was awarded a Canon Collins Trust scholarship to study for a Masters in Public Health at Leeds University. She also received the Leeds University John Griffith Prize for distinctive work in public health in 2010. Kundai has over 12 years of experience working in East and Southern Africa, including 10 years in clinical HIV/AIDS care, programme management and HIV prevention research. Closer to home, in 2005 Kudzai designed and set up a community HIV/AIDS programme through her local church in Zimbabwe promoting comprehensive HIV care and referrals.

Watch this short film of Kudzai talking about what has shaped and driven her journey in her chosen field of medical research.

Greatest Achievement

Working as part of the team that set up and established the first government antiretroviral therapy clinic at Harare Central Hospital. This initiative included the provision of technical support for medical staff in remote government health facilities.

Professional Interests

HIV prevention and AIDS vaccine research, HIV care