Professor Peter Piot, KCMG, FRCP, FMedSci, is a Belgian microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS. Piot studied medicine at Ghent University, graduate degree and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Antwerp. After helping discover the Ebola virus in 1976 and leading efforts to contain the first-ever recorded Ebola epidemic that same year, Piot became a pioneering researcher into AIDS. In the 1980s, Dr. Piot participated in a series of collaborative projects in Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zaire. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. He has also served as a professor at several universities worldwide. He was a professor of microbiology and public health at Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, at the University of Nairobi, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He was also a senior fellow at various Universities, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Piot has written more than 16 books and over 550 academic articles.