Dr. Godfrey Biemba is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Research Authority (NHRA) in Zambia. The NHRA is a statutory body responsible for regulating and promoting all health related research in Zambia, which includes registering and accrediting researchers, research institutions and research ethics committees or institutional review boards. He is also Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health. Before his appointment as NHRA CEO, Dr. Biemba was a Research Assistant Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) from 2008 to 2017 and Country Director of the Zambian Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD) Limited from 2010 to 2017.
Dr. Biemba has 33 years’ experience in the health sector as a medical practitioner, researcher, and public health manager. The focus of his past 28 years has been conducting various types of health related research, ranging from clinical trials to community based evaluations, impact evaluations of public health programmes, situational analyses in the areas of malaria, health systems, orphans and vulnerable children, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), road safety, maternal, neonatal, and child health, and HIV/AIDS. His public health research has involved the use of various quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition to conducting his own research, Dr. Biemba has spent a lot of time building research capacity through teaching and mentorship of young scientists conducting clinical trials, community based trials, including cluster randomised trials, health systems research and good clinical practice (GCP) in the conduct of research. He has been a clinical trials study monitor and has sat on data safety monitoring boards (DSMB).