James Hakim is a Professor of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe and Director of the UZ Clinical Research Centre. He is Co-Principal Investigator of the Zimbabwe MEPI program, which comprises of NECTAR (Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers program), CHRIS (Cerebrovascular, Heart failure, Rheumatic heart disease Interventions Strategy) and IMHERZ (Improving Mental Health Education and Research in Zimbabwe). He graduated from Makerere University Medical School, specialized in internal medicine at the University of Nairobi and the United Kingdom. Prof. Hakim is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) and studied clinical epidemiology at the University Of Newcastle, Australia. He is a past Chair of Medicine at the UZCHS and is actively involved in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students with ongoing clinical responsibilities. He has several mentorship assignments. His research interests include HIV Medicine (ART, Opportunistic Infections, HIV Prevention) and Cardiovascular Medicine. He is involved in several multi-center clinical trials under the auspices of various research networks. He is a member of several program and scientific committees involved in training, research funding and scientific conference planning.