Dr. Aytenew Ashenafi is a Program Manager at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). In his role, Dr. Aytenew Ashenafi is the Lead of the Laboratory Systems and Networks unit. He is a health science and public health expert with over 15 years of laboratory practices and management, teaching, research, and lab systems- strengthening, programs. Prior to joining Africa CDC, Dr. Aytenew served as a Program Manager at the Africa Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and as the Director of Regional Laboratory Services at International Clinical Laboratories. Dr. Aytenew was a Laboratory Program Lead at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Technical Support for the HIV and AIDS Initiative Project. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Science from Addis Ababa University and a Master’s degree in medical biochemistry/ physiology from St. Petersburg University and a master’s degree in public health from Mekelle University and Addis Continental Public Health Institute.