Global Health Academy

Our People

Together we can implement solutions to our global health challenges.

The work of the Global Health Academy is enabled through by a strong and diverse network of people: researchers, practitioners, trainers, policy makers, students, alumni networks, people involved in business, local partners and international agencies.

The Academy is supported by a small secretariat with input from high level senior advisors who have expertise in a wide range of disciplines.

Our community works to champion the Academy’s vision across the University and around the world.

Liz Grant is an Assistant Principal (Global Health) and Director of the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Liz Grant

Liz holds a chair in Global Health and Development. She is responsible for developing and supporting global health partnerships with colleagues in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) communities, and for local and global advocacy translating global health research into action.

Liz is a co-director of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Compassion Initiative developing work on the value base of the Sustainable Development Goals, the science of compassion, and the contribution that faith communities make to the SDGs.  

Liz is Vice Director of the Shanghai Jiao Tong Edinburgh One Health International Academy; Lead for Sustainability for the  NIHR RESPIRE programme and Education Co-Lead for TIBA.

Liz has led the development of a suite of global health MSc programmes,  MOOCs and coordinates the Global Health PhD programme all specifically designed for students from resource constrained countries. She is currently the Co-Director of the Masters of Family Medicine and the MSc in Global Health Challenges.

Her own research interests span planetary health and palliative care in contexts of poverty and conflict – new beginnings and better endings.   

Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a  Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, co-leading the College’s Climate Change and Health Committee. She sits on the Scottish Government NHS Global Citizenship Board. 

Liz is on the College of Experts Board for NIHR Health Research Unit and the Wellcome Trust’s Population and Public Health  Expert Review Board. She was on the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) – an association of over 170 Academic institutions training in Global Health – and currently chairs the CUGH Research Committee. Previously Liz was the Senior Health Advisor to the Scottish Government’s International Development Team working primarily in Malawi. She has  worked for NHS Lothian’s Public Health Directorate leading an NHS HIV partnership between the NHS and Zambia. She has been an advisor to a number of global health charities, and serves as a trustee for CBM Scotland. 


Professor Francisca Mutapi is a Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, Deputy Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit TIBA (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) and co-Director of the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the Principal’s Senior Advisor on Africa.

Francisca Mutapi

Francisca conducts and leads basic scientific research that has had an extraordinary impact on the policy, practice and implementation of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control, especially in Africa. She has contributed to shaping national and global NTD policies by working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa Union Commission and local governments in affected countries, impacting millions of lives.

Professor Mutapi sits on several advisory bodies including the WHO Africa Regional Director’s Advisory Board, the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Science Advisory Group, the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Advisory Group,  board of Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, Wellcome Trust Global Monitor External Advisory Board and Royal Society/African Academy of Science Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships steering committee. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh, African Academy of Sciences and Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences. She was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.



Sue Welburn (BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE) is Professor of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, Infection Medicine, Edinburgh Medical School and Professor of Infection Medicine, Zhejiang University. 

Sue Welburn

Sue is Executive Dean, Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Biomedical Sciences Institute, Haining, China and is Co-Chair for the UK-China Joint Institute Alliance supported by the British Council to promote HEI evolution with China. Sue was founding Director of the Global Health Academy and previously held the role Assistant Principal Global Health at the University of Edinburgh. 

Sue is group leader of the Neglected Zoonoses Research group with over 25-years of experience in infectious disease epidemiology in human, domestic and wild animal populations ranging from the management of high-tech laboratory research to the running of applied field projects worldwide. Her research is focussed on One Health approaches (medical and veterinary public health and societal interventions). In 2006 Sue established of Public Private Partnership to Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness in Uganda.

Sue has supervised over 50 PhD students with projects ongoing in Africa and Asia in partnership with the National Institute of Medical Research, Ministries of Health, Ministries of Agriculture. Sue has a strong commitment to Capacity Building in HEI and access to education. She has secured over 150 studentships for One Health on-line masters students from the Commonwealth Commission. As Vice-Principal Global Access, University of Edinburgh and Vice President European Access Network, Sue pioneered establishment of World Access to Higher Education Day launched by NEON in 2018. 


Secretariat and Senior Fellows

Our Global Health Academy work is led by a small Secretariat who collaborate and link with a wide range of advisors and partners from both within and beyond the University. This enables us to build wide networks across a range of sectors and disciplines.

Advisors and Key Supporters

Our advisors offer guidance on the direction of the Academy, provide links and introductions and support the development of learning, research and impact partnerships.

Global Academies and International Deans

We foster close collaborative working with our sister Global Academies and the University’s International Deans.

University Partners

Our work extends across multiple disciplines in all three colleges at the University of Edinburgh and with the Global Office.

Networks and Membership

Networks and communities of practice to support collaborative research, education, training and partnerships across disciplines.