Alex Ezeh joined African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in 1998, was appointed APHRC’s Executive Director in 2001, and has steered the institution to phenomenal growth to date. He is also the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Alex holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts degree in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Alex has more than 25 years of experience working in the population and public health fields and has authored numerous scientific publications covering a broad range of fields including population and reproductive health, urban health, health metrics, and education. He also currently serves on the boards and committees of several international public health organizations including the World Health Organization, PATH, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the Wellcome Trust. Alex believes that African researchers and scientists can do more to improve life and well-being in Africa; that African scholars can produce excellent, globally-respected and locally-relevant research while being based in Africa; and, it does not take a whole lot to make a visible difference in Africa.