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Malaria Consortium announces appointment of new Chair for Board of Trustees

31 July 2023
Malaria Consortium announces appointment of new Chair for Board of Trustees

Malaria Consortium is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Wilfred Mbacham as Chair of the Board of Trustees. His appointment comes following a transition from the previous Chair, Professor Marcel Tanner, who steps down after seven years tenure in the role.

With three decades of experience working in science and research, including serving as Coordinator of the Antimalaria Drug Resistance Network, at TDR-WHO, Chair of the Program Management Committee of the AFRA-IAEA in Vienna and Founding Executive Secretary of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Society (MIM Society), Wilfred brings a unique blend of expertise and leadership to Malaria Consortium. As Chair, he will play a pivotal role in guiding the organisation's strategic direction and ensuring its mission is carried out effectively.

“This is the pinnacle of my career in science diplomacy and I am elated to join the Malaria Consortium team to continue championing the prevention, control and treatment of malaria, communicable diseases and combat malnutrition through technovation transfer for ongoing and future projects. Together, we will continue to demonstrate how investments in low-cost strategies by those who live and experience these illnesses will ensure a high-impact promotion for better health and the saving of lives in Asia and Africa.”

Commenting on the appointment, James Tibenderana, Malaria Consortium's Chief Executive said, "We are delighted to welcome Wilfred as our new Chair of the Board. His wealth of experience and dedication to our cause will be invaluable as we strive to expand our reach and make a lasting impact. We are confident that under Wilfred's leadership, we will achieve new heights particularly as we look to build upon our 20 year old milestone this year."

The outgoing Chair, Marcel Tanner, who has served with distinction on the Board of Trustees for seven years, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the organisation’s success. Marcel stated, "It has been a privilege to serve as the Chair of Malaria Consortium's Board of Trustees. Together, we have achieved significant milestones, navigated a global pandemic and positively impacted the lives of countless individuals. I am confident that Wilfred’s appointment will bring fresh perspectives and his strong leadership will help to propel Malaria Consortium yet further towards its mission."

As Chair, Wilfred will work closely with the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive, providing strategic stewardship and fostering collaboration and assurance. Their expertise is instrumental in supporting the organisation's growth and ensuring it remains aligned to its core values and vision.

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