Mwelecele Ntuli is the Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research since 2010. Dr. Malecela holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of Dar-es-salaam and an MSc and PhD in Parasitology from the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Her area of specialization is filarial immunology specifically on filarial immune evasion mechanisms. Dr. Malecela has worked with the National institute for Medical Research for 23 years mainly in the field of Lymphatic Filariasis immunoepidemiology and in Health Systems and Policy research. Dr Malecela has been in the forefront of priority setting for health research activities in Tanzania where she facilitated the Tanzania National Health Research Priority Setting process in 1999 and revision of these priorities in 2005.
Dr. Malecela has served on a number of international committees including The Technical Advisory Group of The Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, The Mectizan Expert Committee and the advisory board of the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships in Health (IPPPH). Mwele is currently a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for Neglected Tropical Diseases and a member of the Medicine in Need steering Committee on Innovation, Alliance and Translation Management (MITAM). Mwele is also an adjunct faculty member of the Public Health Sciences Institute of Morehouse College.
Dr. Malecela was appointed by His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to be the 3rd Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research on 14th December 2010. Before her new appointment, she was Director of Research Coordination and Promotion and Director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programmme of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.