Shiriki Kumanyika is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Research Professor of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, both located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. At the Dornsife School, she leads the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, which she founded in 2002 as a national affinity group and collaboration platform comprising senior and early career researchers and community-based research partners. Dr. Kumanyika’s research and policy activities focus on obesity and related health consequences and health inequities. In the USA she is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and has been extensively involved in obesity related activities at the NAM-Institute of Medicine. In the global sphere, Dr. Kumanyika is co-chair of the Policy and Prevention Section of the World Obesity Federation and an advisor to the World Health Organization and the World Cancer Research Fund.