Jean Claude Mbanya

University of Yaounde

Jean Claude Mbanya is Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and Consultant Physician, Director of the Health in Transition Research Group, Director of the National Obesity Centre University of Yaounde, Cameroon and Chief of the Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Unit at the Hospital Central in Yaoundé.  Professor Mbanya served as President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) from 2009 to 2012.

He was instrumental in the IDF-led ‘Unite for Diabetes’ campaign, which led to passage of the United Nations Day Resolution on Diabetes in December 2006. He now steers IDF strategic direction to encourage governments to implement policies for the treatment, care and prevention of diabetes. Professor Mbanya’s research mainly focuses on cultural diabetes-related factors, which are often unique to the African countries and communities he studies. His practice and research have largely contributed to increase the world’s awareness on diabetes in Africa.