Global Challenges Research Fund


Strategic advisory group

The Global Challenges Research Fund strategic advisory group advises on the strategic development and delivery of the fund.

Members use their knowledge and networks to advise on:

  • a strategic research agenda and prioritisation of challenge topics
  • the effectiveness of UKRI and our delivery partners’ strategies and mechanisms including new mechanisms to fill gaps
  • integration of official development assistance (ODA) and non-ODA challenge research
  • allocation of research funding
  • engagement with our stakeholder communities.

Its diverse membership is drawn from academia, government, business and other stakeholders. Members represent a broad range of disciplines and have an international or global perspective.

The members are:

  • Dame Judith Macgregor, Chair
  • Ms Jess Camburn, Elrha
  • Mr Markus Geisser, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Professor Howard Griffiths, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Nyovani Madise, African Institute for Development Policy
  • Professor Yacob Mulugetta, University College London
  • Professor Claire Taylor, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Michael Templeton, Imperial College London
  • Mr Hadyn Parry, MoA Technology
  • Professor Francisca Mutapi, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford
  • Professor Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia
  • Mr Benjamin Ramalingam
  • Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, University of Warwick

Members must act within the seven principles of public life and provide independent, informed advice, avoiding conflicts of interest.

Last updated: 27 October 2020

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