The people behind Malaria No More UK
The former Prince of Wales was President
His Royal Highness has long been a supporter of our work and a global champion of the need to end malaria. At a dedicated Malaria Summit at the time of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, His Royal Highness spoke of the need for immediate action to combat malaria:
"Combating malaria is without doubt an issue of truly global urgency and I’m encouraged and inspired to see how real the determination of the international community is to overcome this dreadful disease."
Peter Chernin is Chairman of Malaria No More (US) Board, and Founder of Chernin Entertainment and The Chernin Group. He founded Malaria No More US alongside Ray Chambers in 2006 with the goal of mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation needed to end malaria. He later helped launch Malaria No More UK as a Founding Patron in 2009.
Besides being a Founding Patron of Malaria No More UK, Simon Fuller is owner and Chief Executive of XIX Entertainment and the creator of American Idol. From seeing his father suffer from malaria, and later through his experiences living in Ghana as a child, he saw firsthand how malaria affects people's lives, and developed a personal commitment to the fight to end the disease.
Ray Chambers is a Founding Patron of Malaria No More UK and is the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030. Ray Chambers co-founded Malaria No More and has previously been the UN Special Envoy for Malaria and for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals.
Baroness Liz Sugg CBE (Board Chair)
Baroness Sugg became Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2022. She is a member of the UK House of Lords, where her main focus is on international development, foreign affairs and gender equality. She was Minister for Sustainable Development at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, previously serving as Minister at the Department for International Development from April 2019. Baroness Sugg was the UK's first Special Envoy for Girls' Education, and her ministerial portfolio included gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, children and youth, as well as inclusive societies.
She resigned from her position in November 2020 following the decision to cut spending on International Development from 0.7% of Gross National Income.
She is the Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Tropical Diseases.
Prior to joining the House of Lords, she served for six years as Director of Operations and Campaigns at 10 Downing Street under Prime Minister David Cameron.
Stewart Cox - Treasurer
Stewart serves as the Malaria No More UK Treasurer and is Head of London for BHP, a multinational natural resources company. In over two decades at BHP, he has held senior roles spanning finance, risk, marketing and business development. He has led teams and projects across multiple commodities and regions including Australia, Europe, West Africa and Singapore.
Retiring in 2019 after a 40 year career, Norman has worked providing professional accounting and consulting services to the Government, state-owned enterprises, private organisations, and development institutions in Zambia. He also worked at Anglo American Plc in South Africa, at Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of major subsidiaries or business units. He is Chairman of Anglo American Platinum Ltd and Zambia Sugar Plc, and sits on the Board of the South African Reserve Bank.
Dr David Reddy
Dr David Reddy, PhD, is CEO of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). MMV is a not-for-profit research foundation that, together with its partners, has brought forward 13 new antimalarial drugs to malaria-endemic countries, saving an estimated 2 million lives to date. In addition, MMV has broadened the global malaria medicine portfolio and manages, with its partners, 65 projects. David has 26 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medicines for the treatment of infectious diseases. He is also a Board member of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, as well as Malaria No More UK.
Dr Eva Thorne
Dr Eva Thorne directs policy and innovations for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, leading a team that focuses on politically actionable research and prototyping on Africa and the 4th industrial revolution, digitalisation for inclusive economic growth, and innovative partnerships across governments and the private sector. Eva has a background of experience working in developing countries with civil society groups, public sector institutions and NGOs on social, environmental and governance issues. She has also worked with African parliamentarians on revenue management and natural resource governance. Eva holds a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University.
Sarah is Global Brand Director for Swedish multinational hygiene business Essity, responsible for driving innovation and sustainability across all markets. She is the former CEO of advertising and communications agency, AMV BBDO, an Agency she took to the top of the leagues creatively. Across a 20 year career in marketing communications Sarah has partnered with global and domestic organisations in a variety of sectors and international geographies to drive business growth, organisational transformation and cultural inclusion.
Founder and Managing Partner of Open Squares Africa. Feyi consults for multi-national and indigenous firms on how to win in the African market-place. He is the Former Director of Insight Publicis, the largest advertising agency in West Africa, and author of 'The Villager: How Africans Consume Brands'.
Geoff joined the Wellcome Trust’s investment team in 1998 and since then has been responsible for Wellcome’s investments in venture capital funds globally, as well as the equity long/short hedge fund exposure. In all, this comprises around a quarter of Wellcome’s investment portfolio.
The greatest marathon runner of all time, Kenyan athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist Eliud Kipchoge is helping lead the race against malaria. Eliud says: "I am honored to be on the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council. For too long now, malaria has stolen our lives, it has stolen our time, it has stolen our relatives, our children. I want to make sure that malaria doesn't steal our futures anymore."
In Kenya, thousands of lives are lost every year to malaria. Growing up, Eliud experienced malaria and saw its effects on his local community and the country as a whole. Now, he is relentless in his pursuit of positive change to end this disease for good.
From our launch at 10 Downing Street in 2009, David Beckham became a dedicated supporter and founding member of our Leadership Council. Malaria disproportionately affects children under five, causing needless suffering and preventable deaths – something that, as a father, David has long been passionate about ending: "No father anywhere should lose a child to malaria."
David has been the face of the Malaria Must Die campaign since 2018, using his platform to raise awareness and amplify the voices of everyone living with the threat of malaria.
Becoming a father made Andy Murray determined to play a role in the global fight to end malaria. "It’s unthinkable, yet every day more than 800 children lose their lives because of a mosquito bite. In this day and age, this should not be happening. I truly hope that in years to come we can look back and know that we were the generation that helped to end deaths from malaria."
When Malaria No More UK first launched in 2009, Andy became a key supporter and founding member of our Leadership Council. Over the years, he has raised vital awareness, including wearing our logo on his sleeve when he won Wimbledon in 2016.
The Rt Hon Baroness Hayman GBE
As a politician Baroness Hayman served as MP for Welwyn and Hatfield, and as the first elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament, from 2006 to 2011. Besides having served in many roles relating to health and medicine, she has experience as a board member of many charities and trusts including Cancer Research UK, and served as Board Chair for Malaria No More UK.
Andy Ransom is CEO of Rentokil Initial PLC.
Dame Heather Rabbatts CBE
Dame Heather Rabbatts is an entrepreneur and serves as the Non-Executive Director of the FA.
Alan Court is Senior Advisor to Malaria No More UK co-founder Ray Chambers, the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for malaria.
Professor Azra Ghani
Azra Ghani is a Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London. Her research combines the use of mathematical models and statistical methods to explore the impact of interventions against infections of humans and animals, with a focus on results which can inform policy. Her malaria research has focussed on the development of models that can inform policies on how, where and when to implement different interventions against malaria to aid local elimination, and eventual eradication, of the parasite. Since 2020 she has also supported the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on global impact estimates and evaluation of vaccination strategies. She works at the interface between academia and policy, collaborating with key global health agencies including WHO, The Global Fund and Gavi. She has been a member of the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Group since 2016.
Chris Drakeley is a Malariologist and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Professor Miles Wickstead CBE
Miles Wickstead is a visiting Professor at King's College London, and brings experience as a previous board member of multiple NGOs and foundations.
Sir Richard Feachem
Richard Feachem is Professor of Global Health at the University of California, Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences, and co-Chair of The Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication.
Polly Cochrane serves as Executive Vice President & Group Marketing Director at Warner Bros UK & Ireland, and Chief Marketing Officer for the HPGFD corporate group.
Dr Astrid Bonfield
Awarded a CBE in 2014 for her services to charity in the UK and abroad, Dr Bonfield was a co-creator and Chief Executive of The Vision Catalyst Fund and, as Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, she raised over £100m and successfully implemented eye health programmes in 28 countries throughout the Commonwealth. Under Dr Bonfield’s leadership, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund became the first investor in the Cluster Munition Coalition which, over an eighteen-month period, successfully secured an international treaty banning cluster bombs. Prior to this, Dr Bonfield developed a policy unit for the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) and represented the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Brussels, as well as working as a Programme Development Specialist for the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands.