Dr. Chris Lockhart is a dual American/Namibian citizen who has more than 30 years of experience working in some of the most challenging settings in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. He earned his Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, where he was a research fellow with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, specializing in HIV/AIDS research and prevention among marginalized populations in low-resource settings.
Most recently, Chris worked as a Senior Public Health Specialist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the PEPFAR program in Namibia, which is considered one of the most successful national HIV/AIDS control programs in the world today.
Prior to that, Chris worked for Internews in South Sudan and played a key role in expanding a national network of community-based radio stations dedicated to health promotion and HIV/AIDS messaging in war-torn and remote areas of that country.
Chris has consulted on a variety of community health and poverty reduction programs for the governments of Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia. His knowledge of the region is extensive, and he speaks fluent KiSwahili, Afrikaans, Bemba, and Tswana. He is also an accomplished technical and grant writer and has secured a wide variety of funding for a diverse array of projects in Africa, North America, and Australia. These activities include tapping into alternative and often unique sources of funding from individual donors and private institutions.
Chris is a widely published academic author and recently wrote a popular nonfiction book that focuses on human rights and social justice issues based on the experiences of real individuals living out their daily lives under extremely challenging circumstances.