Professor Ole Petter Ottersen is a neuroscientist, physician and medical educator. He served as President of the Karolinska Institutet 2017 – 2023, after serving as President of the University of Oslo 2009 – 2017. Prior to this, Ottersen held leadership positions at the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, Norway’s National Program for Functional Genomics, and Norway’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, and was Chief Editor of Neuroscience, the official journal of the International Brain Research Organization. In recent years, he has been heavily engaged in global health – much inspired by his experiences as Chair of the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. Ottersen is board member of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) based in Nairobi.