James Hakim is professor of medicine and formerly chair of medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Denver and Director of the UZ Clinical Research Centre. He is a Principal Investigator/Site Leader within the Harare based UZ-University of California San Francisco Clinical Trials Unit. He is the Programme Director of the PERFECT Programme, an NIH-sponsored advanced junior faculty research training initiative at UZCHS. He is the PI of the Zimbabwe MEPI (Medical Education Partnership Initiative) award (2010-2016) and was the Chair of the MEPI PI Council (2014-2015) which brought together the 13 Sub-Saharan African MEPI medical schools. Hakim is a member of the UNAIDS expert committee on HIV/AIDS and was recently elected as an African representative on the International AIDS Society Governing Council. His research interests span cardiovascular diseases, HIV, TB and related diseases and health systems.