Dr. Eliya Zulu

Eliya is the Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Policy whose mission is to promote evidence-informed public policy making in Africa. Eliya has over 20 years’ experience in developing and managing research, capacity building, and policy engagement programmes on many issues including population change and sustainable development; reproductive, child and maternal health; HIV and AIDS; and urban poverty. He has published over 60 journal articles; strengthened capacity demand and use of evidence use among decision makers; supported development of public policies at national, regional and global levels; and served on many international development panels. For example, he is the former President of the Union for African Population Studies; served on the UK Royal Society Study Group that produced the 2012 report “People and Planet”; and served on many WHO Expert Panels. Eliya is leading a continent-wide programme to help African governments optimise the role youth in engineering socioeconomic transformation and sustainable development through the demographic dividend. He has given numerous high level keynote addresses on the topic, including at the UN General Assembly. Eliya holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Population and Development from the Australian National University, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Applied Statistics from the University of Malawi