Ms Suzanne Welsh
IDEAS & Dagu
I commenced my career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with diplomatic postings to Kenya and Egypt. During my time in Egypt I was an Australian International Observer monitoring the first-ever Palestinian elections. I then transferred to the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) until my husband resumed duty in the UK after the completion of his posting with the British High Commission in Canberra.
Upon arrival in London, I commenced employment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine working on a DFID-funded communicable disease (predominantly TB and malaria) programme. At the end of my five-year contract I moved back to Australia and was seconded to the University of Queensland in Brisbane managing an AusAID/GFATM funded malaria programme operating in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. I then furthered my career by taking up an in-country position in the Solomon Islands. Based in Honiara, I was integrated into the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to support and develop the capacity of provincial malaria programme managers to implement their ambitious malaria control and elimination programme. My return to London in 2014 coincided with the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and I was asked to manage the set up of the LSHTM Ebola Vaccine Trials project on an interim basis. This was the largest grant LSHTM had ever been awarded at €58 million. I then joined the London International Development Centre coordinating an interdisciplinary agricultural and health platform. I'm currently working as the Project Manager for IDEAS & Dagu.