Dr. Honorati Masanja is the Chief Executive Director of Ifakara Health Institute, a statistician and epidemiologist, with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. Dr. Masanja has extensive experience in data management; clinical trials; design, and evaluation of, large maternal and child health programs. Joining the Institute in 1992, he has lead the successful acquisition and implementation of national and regional projects, whereby the direct impact on strengthening Tanzania’s health system is still seen today. Having participated in the establishment of the Rufiji Health and Demographic Surveillance System (RHDSS), Dr, Masanja became the Principal Investigator for the SAVVY project, a step in Tanzania’s shift towards evidence-based planning and enabling health-sector evaluation. Currently, he is PI of the AMANHI study, whereby alongside colleagues he is leading innovative research on maternal and newborn health by critically evaluating the impact of the Vitamin A supplementation trial. Dr. Masanja’s scientific engagement spans across borders. Having published extensively in international journals and books, he is also an editorial reviewer for the MRC Joint Health Systems Research Initiative, and member of Tanzania’s National eHealth Steering Committee and the Steering Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation. His experience in training Post-Doctoral, Doctoral and Masters students in Tanzania, lead to his 2013 appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology.