Dr. Endale Workalemahu Tilahun is a licensed medical doctor with over 20 years of public health experience managing donor-funded HIV and reproductive health programs in East and Southern Africa. He is an accomplished partnership builder, policy influencer and team-builder.
Currently, Dr. Tilahun serves as the Country Representative in Eswatini, having previously served as Acting Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative for PSI Ethiopia. As the Deputy Country Representative of PSI Ethiopia, Dr. Tilahun supervised two Chiefs of Party, five department heads, and oversaw 150 full-time employees while directly managing a portfolio of $12 million. Dr. Tilahun has extensive experience working with significant stakeholders, including Ministries of Health, CDC, USAID, US Department of Defense, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, United Nations agencies and international nongovernmental organizations to manage programming for HIV, youth-friendly family planning, non-communicable diseases and water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
While serving as a member of the PEPFAR Prevention Technical Working Group in Ethiopia, Dr. Tilahun led the design and rollout of voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) among priority populations and worked closely with a variety of stakeholders to coordinate evidence-based prevention activities and create a national minimum package of HIV services for Ethiopia that included VMMC in prioritized geographic regions and target groups. Dr. Tilahun holds a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Tilahun also received multiple awards from the US Government during his time at the CDC, including the Franklin Award.