Professor Tolullah Oni

Clinical Professor of Global Public Health and Sustainable Urban Development at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge


Clinical Professor

Global Diet and Physical Activity Research Group

Tolullah Oni is clinical Professor of Global Public Health and Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Cambridge. She is also an Extraordinary Professor & Chair at Innovation Africa@UP, University of Pretoria, South Africa where she leads the UrbanBetter lab. She is also Principle of Oni et al. and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in Epidemiology from Imperial College London, UK.

Profiled in the Lancet journal, Science magazine, and the British Medical Journal, she is a 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Fellow of the International Science Council and the African Academy of Sciences, past co-chair of the Global Young Academy and the South African Young Academy of Science, 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow and a 2020 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow.

Her global practice is grounded in a science-informed, Africa-led, participatory approach to generating new knowledge that supports partnership between science, policy and societal role players. She is passionate about identifying creative strategies to address complex urban population and planetary health challenges in rapidly growing cities globally.