Richard Adegbola joined The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2009 as Senior Program Officer of Pneumonia Clinical Studies. He has over 20 years of research experience in infections of the tropics particularly, pneumonia and meningitis. At the foundation, his role is using pneumonia research findings for policy implementation and evaluation for impact.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Dr. Adegbola was a member of the Medical Research Council (MRC) senior management team and Head of the Bacterial Diseases Program at the UK MRC Laboratories in The Gambia. In addition, he was a member of the WHO Meningitis Vaccine Project Advisory Group and Vice Chair of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Board at The Hague. In 2005, he was awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation by the University of Leicester in England. From 2001 to 2009, he served as a member of The Gambia Government Inter-Agency Committee for immunization and a member of the National Polio Expert Committee for The Gambia.
Before leaving The Gambia, Dr. Adegbola was President of the Nigerian Sensitization Committee set up by the then Nigeria High Commissioner to The Gambia, to advise on issues that can promote better relations among Nigerians in The Gambia and the Professor Richard Adebayo Adegbola Scholarship fund was formed to honor his commitment and contribution to providing financial support for poor students in The Gambia.