Arese Carrington

Arese Carrington, MBBS, MPH is a Medical Doctor, International Public Health consultant, Human Rights activist and author. She specializes in international public health programming and women’s issues. She previously worked as an Associate Director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN).

She received her medical degree from the University of Ibadan in 1980 in her native Nigeria where she practiced medicine for over fifteen years.

In 2000, she received a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was elected Class Marshal by her classmates and was selected by the University to deliver the Graduate Oration at Commencement.

Dr. Carrington was a practicing physician in Nigeria and worked for a time at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and as the medical advisor for a multi-national company. She subsequently set up her own company, Health and Medical Services (HMS), which provided industrial firms, diplomatic missions and others with advisory services on preventive health care. She was, simultaneously, the CEO of a commercial company she founded, which provided consulting and promotional services to multinational companies and foreign non-profit entities.

In addition to being President of UNAGB, she is a Trustee Advisory board member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Visiting Committee member at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa. As a member of the Board of the Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF USA), she was instrumental in ensuring the Foundation established Africa’s first major auto-disable syringe factory in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She played a key role on the board of FATE USA and on the Advisory Board of LYNX (Linking Youth in Nigeria through eXchange).

She is a public speaker and is the author of “Malaria in Nigeria” published in the Harvard Health Policy Review. She authored, “The Female imperative in the New Africa,” University of Benin, Eminent person Lecture series 2015. Her memoir “Defend the Defenseless” was published in 2017.

In 2014 she received the Newton Human Rights lifetime achievement award and official citations from Massachusetts State Senate and Massachusetts State House of Representatives for being a lifelong advocate of human rights in the community and around the world.