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People behind MNMUK

The people behind Malaria No More UK

Every person in the Malaria No More UK team is vital to making our business of ending malaria work. Here are just a few of the many people we couldn't do without...

Founding patrons

Peter Chernin

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.

Simon Fuller

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.


The Rt Hon Baroness Hayman GBE

Baroness Hayman is Board Chair. As a politician she 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 in 2019 became Board Chair for Malaria No More UK.

Norman Mbazima

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.

Sophie O'Connor

Sophie O'Connor is Board Treasurer, and Non-Executive Director at Lloyds Banking Group Insurance, Bupa Insurance and BNY Mellon.

Dr Linda Yueh

Dr Linda Yueh is an economist, writer and broadcaster. She holds senior positions at Oxford University, London Business School, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an Adviser to the UK Board of Trade and Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission.

Professor Azra Ghani

Azra Ghani is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.

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.

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook is a not for profit leader, fundraising development and communications specialist with considerable experience of working in executive and non-executive roles, for organisations such as the Red Cross, Oxfam and WaterAid. He currently serves as Executive Director for Income Generation at the Stroke Association in UK. Andrew is also Chair of the Advisory Board for the International Fundraising Congress, and became a Board Trustee of Malaria No More UK in 2017.

Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas is CEO of Ascential Events and Chairman of Cannes Lions creativity festivals.

Simon Bland

Simon Bland is Director of UNAIDS' New York Liaison Office.

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.

Leadership council

Andy Murray

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Andy Ransom

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.

Special advisors

Alan Court

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 of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.

Professor Bob Snow

Bob Snow is Professor of Tropical Public Health at the University of Oxford. He also heads the Malaria Public Health and Epidemiology Group in Nairobi, Kenya.

Chris Drakely

Chris Drakely is a Malariologist and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Roku and Senior Advisor for 20th Century Fox and Sky.

Max Alexander

Max Alexander is Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.

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

Polly Cochrane serves as Executive Vice President & Group Marketing Director at Warner Bros UK & Ireland, and Chief Marketing Officer for the HPGFD corporate group.