Lydia Kaduka is a Senior Research Officer at Centre for Public Health Research in Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). She holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry and currently a Post Doctoral fellow at Institute of Healthcare Management in Strathmore University, Kenya. She has eleven years of research experience spanning from basic and applied research to implementation research and strategic planning and development. Her key research interests are in cardiovascular diseases, public health and nutrition. Dr Kaduka has spearhead a number of research projects, the most recent one being determination of stroke burden in Kenya’s leading public tertiary hospitals - Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, with the ultimate aim of establishing the first ever national stroke registry. She serves in various strategic leadership positions including the Ministry of Health Multi-Sectoral Technical Working Group for the Development of the Research for Health Policy and Priorities Frameworks, Secretary to the KEMRI Non-Communicable Disease Research Program and Secretary to the Kenya Lipids Science Expert Group. She is an alumna of national and regional leadership programs and continues to contribute to scientific development in sub-Saharan Africa through peer reviewed publications, planning of international scientific fora and development of analytical quality control systems in KEMRI that support cardiovascular and micronutrients research. Her goal is to build local research capacity and evidence that will contribute to a significant reduction of NCDs in Kenya through evidence based policy formulation.