Steering commitee

A Steering Committee with a one-year mandate has been created as the primary governance body for the coalition. In the early stages, the Steering Committee will meet every two weeks. Prof. Nick White has agreed to chair the Steering Committee until the end of 2020.

Steering Committee members are:



  • Dr Gail Carson – Director of Network Development, ISARIC Global Support Centre (UK)


  • Professor Mohammad Abul Faiz – Professor of Medicine & former Director General of Health Services (Bangladesh)


  • Professor Patricia García – Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru)


  • Professor Philippe Guérin* – Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), University of Oxford (UK)


  • Professor Gagandeep Kang – Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (India)


  • Dr Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa – Program Manager H23 Africa and African Human Clinical Trials portfolio of the African Academy of Sciences (Kenya)


  • Professor Francine Ntoumi – Founder of the Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale and Coordinator of the Pan-African Network For Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Disease Epidemics (PANDORA-ID-NET) (Republic of Congo)


  • Professor Helen Rees – Founder and Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute of the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa)


  • Dr Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft* – Member of the Executive Team of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (Switzerland)


  • Ms Akhona Tshangela – Lead for Science, Innovation and Research, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) (Ethiopia)


  • Professor Sir Nicholas J. White* – Chairman of the Wellcome Trust’s South-East Asian Research Units (Thailand & Vietnam)




      * Representatives of instigating organizations