As a Senior Strategic Partnerships Officer at EDCTP, Lara Pandya is responsible for building and managing partnerships with key public and private stakeholders – particularly in the areas of HIV, neglected infectious diseases and emerging infectious diseases – and represents EDCTP in several partner alliances. She is also the focal person for several European EDCTP Member countries and is responsible for facilitating the coordination of European national research programmes on infectious diseases. Lara joined EDCTP in 2013, having previously been an EDCTP Project Officer from 2007-2010. Originally from the UK, she holds an MSci in Geography from the University of Bristol and a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has prior experience in UK National Health Service hospital administration and management, international clinical trial management at Parexel, resource development at IAVI, and EU grant management at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), where she also coordinated the establishment of the Trans Global Health Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme. Lara has a personal interest in clinical research capacity development, research uptake into policy, and ensuring access to health innovations in low- and middle-income countries. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Advisory Group for the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme and participates in several working groups, including the UKCDR Equitable Partnerships Task Force, the WHO/ICAP Pregnancy Workshop Advocacy Workgroup and the WHO COVID19-Malaria Coordination & Leadership Workstream.