Dr. Varough Deyde currently serves as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica and assumed those duties on February 16, 2021. In 2017, he moved to Jamaica to serve as Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Caribbean Regional Office. In this capacity, he represents CDC in the Caribbean region and serves as liaison between Ministries of Health and other public health stakeholders and CDC headquarters. He guides implementation of CDC’s Public Health mission and provides oversight to programs and staff in four countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana). Dr. Deyde leads the development and implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/CDC-supported projects including HIV/STIs prevention, care, and treatment, strategic information, epidemiologic surveillance, and laboratory systems strengthening. He also leads the implementation of Global Heath Security Agenda and guides technical collaborations to address public health threats in the region. When COVID-19 pandemic reached Jamaica, Dr. Deyde was designated the US Embassy Kingston COVID-19 response lead.
Prior to his assignment to Jamaica, he served in Haiti, South Africa, and Nigeria. In 2014 – 2015, he was deployed to support CDC’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 – 2015. Dr. Deyde began his career at CDC in 2004 with the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, where his work focused on the genetic diversity of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses. He then joined the Influenza Division, where he oversaw drug-resistance surveillance.
Dr. Deyde holds a master’s degree in Genetics and a PhD in Molecular Biology/Virology. He has co/authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles. He is an editorial board member of numerous Scientific Journals. Dr. Deyde also was trained and certified from the “Institut des Relations Internationales”- Tunis-Tunisia, 1999. He is native of Mauritania, West Africa, migrated to the USA and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. He is married and has two daughters. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and Fulani.