Lara Pandya

Strategic Partnerships (North) and Communications Manager

As Strategic Partnerships (North) and Communications Manager, Lara Pandya is responsible for creating and nurturing collaboration and partnerships with EDCTP’s Participating States and a wide variety of public and private stakeholders. This includes designing and executing joint initiatives with strategic partners and facilitating the coordination and alignment of European and African national research programmes around a joint research agenda on infectious diseases. Lara represents EDCTP in multiple cross-funder and partner initiatives and working groups. She is also responsible for overseeing EDCTP’s communications and executive governance activities. Lara initially joined EDCTP as a Project Officer in 2007.

Lara graduated from the University of Bristol, where she completed both her bachelors and Master of Science in Geography. She subsequently obtained a Master’s in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has prior experience in UK hospital administration and management, international clinical trial management at Parexel, resource development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (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, promoting equity in health research and ensuring access to health innovations in low- and middle-income countries.

(The Hague Office)