I am a public health specialist with up to six years cumulative experience as a practitioner and researcher, working to deliver health services and strengthen health systems mostly in low and middle income settings. For the last two to three years (2010-2013), I have been a project manager and research fellow at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Nigeria. I completed my undergraduate medical training in 2007 at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where I was editor of the medical school journal, IFEMED. I was awarded the BMJ Clegg Scholarship in 2007 and also won the 2007 joint Lancet and Global Forum for Health Research Essay Prize for “Young Voices in Research for Health.” I worked for one year (2007-08) as pre-registration house officer at Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesha, and during the following year (2008-09) as tutor and research assistant at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria. I was from 2009-10, a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Sydney in Australia during which I worked on several projects at the George Institute for Global Health. I have twice been recognised (2010 and 2012) by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium as an “Emerging Voice for Global Health”. I am currently a PhD candidate at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia for my PhD in Health Policy, where my research is on unpacking the mechanisms by which community institutions are strengthened to improve the uptake and ownership of health services in low and middle income settings.