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Ian Willis

Ian Willis

Senior Executive


Ian spent twelve years implementing and overseeing public health projects in Africa and the Middle East notably in Rwanda, Sudan, Ghana, Togo, Benin and The West Bank and Gaza. He also worked on shorter assignments in  Morocco,  Kenya, and Afghanistan.

Some of his posts have included managing the response to Cholera outbreaks, overseeing meningitis immunisation, building gravity fed systems and other engineering works in Rwanda, health and hygiene promotion in Rwanda and Ghana, the Deputy Chair of "Hope for African Children" (HACI) Ghana; and supporting the Ministry of Health in the West Bank and Gaza with supply chain management, sentinel and nutritional surveillance, emergency medical training and support for the disabled.

His key interests in the Centre is to support the application of science and where possible influence policy and health practice in collaboration with  the Centre's overseas partners .

He holds a Masters in Public Health Engineering and an MBA. On his return to the UK he worked at Cambridge  University's Research Operations Office before moving to the Centre to support it's global objectives.

Between 2013 and 2018, the Centre supported collaborative partnerships and scientific training activities in basic biomedical and health-related research. This was achieved through coordinated cross-faculty research across departments and research institutes in Cambridge including The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute