Taye Tolera Balcha is the Director General of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute. Prior to his current assignment in June 2016, he served as Special Advisor and Head of Office the State Minister of Health. He has also worked at various levels of senior leadership in the Oromia region, including as Deputy Head of the Regional Health Bureau, researcher, hospital Medical Director and clinician. Taye obtained his PhD degree in Epidemiology from Lund University, Sweden in 2015. He wrote his dissertation on improved methods of TB diagnosis among HIV-positive individuals. Taye received Masters Degree in Public Health from the same university and Doctoral Degree in Medicine from Addis Ababa University. Taye has led scores of important national initiatives including country ownership and leadership of HIV programme and the establishment of Grand Challenges Ethiopia to stimulate innovations that can catalyze the progress in health sector and improve people’s daily lives. He is particularly interested in transition-to-scale stage of health innovations. He has several peer reviewed publications. His areas of interest also include research in infectious diseases, maternal and child health and health and community systems, as well as health innovation and health biotechnology.