Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, an award-winning NGO that uses a One Health approach to protect endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife. Early in her career, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first veterinary department. Dr. Gladys’s research with diseases at the human, wildlife, and livestock interface consequently led her to found CTPH in 2003. She evidently expanded her efforts in 2015, by founding Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around gorilla habitats.
Dr. Gladys has won numerous awards through CTPH and Gorilla Conservation Coffee. Recognitions include the 2017 President of Uganda’s Golden Jubilee Award and the 2021 UNEP Champions of the Earth Award in Science and Innovation. In addition, she is also an author and sits on several boards, including the WHO SAGO and the International Livestock Research Institute One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa. Dr. Gladys is the winner of the 2022 Edinburgh Medal for her work in Planetary Health and the 2022 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, and she is a finalist for the 2023 Indianapolis Prize.