Ayesha Verrall

Ayesha Jennifer Verrall MP FRACP /ˈaɪʃə/[1] is a New Zealand politician, infectious-diseases physician, and researcher with expertise in tuberculosis and international health. She is a Labour Party Member of the New Zealand Parliament and a Cabinet Minister with the roles of Minister for Food Safety, Minister for Seniors, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Research, Science and Innovation. She has worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington and as a member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board. During the COVID-19 pandemic she provided the Ministry of Health with an independent review and recommendations for its contact-tracing approach to COVID-19 cases.


Ayesha Verrall

8th Minister for Food Safety
Assumed office
6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byDamien O'Connor
14th Minister for Seniors
Assumed office
6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byTracey Martin
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
17 October 2020
Personal details
Born
Ayesha Jennifer Verrall

1979/1980 (age 40–42)
Invercargill, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Maldivian
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Alice
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Otago (MB ChB, PhD)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MSc)
Gorgas Institute (DipTropMedH)
WebsiteUniversity of Otago profile
Scientific career
FieldsInfectious diseases
InstitutionsUniversity of Otago, Wellington
ThesisInnate Factors in Early Clearance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (2018)
Doctoral advisorsPhilip Hill
Katrina Sharples
Reinout van Crevel
Bachti Alisjahbana