Internal management and support

Associate Membership fees support the activities of the GACD staff team, which coordinates and facilitates the interaction between GACD Associate Members through the Strategy Board, Executive Committee and Programme Committee as well as between funded research teams through the GACD Research Network. For general queries the staff team can be contacted at

  • Dr Morven Roberts

    Dr Morven Roberts


    Dr Roberts started her research career with a PhD in immuno-parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was a postdoc at the London School, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Molteno Institute of Parasitology in Cambridge, Cambridge University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences in India. She then joined the UK MRC where she developed her research management skills and has been responsible over time for the MRC’s investments in, amongst other things, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, clinical trials, global infections and the research institutes in Africa.

  • Rosie Bartlett
    Communications Manager

    Rosie Bartlett


    Rosie Bartlett manages communications functions for the GACD, including the website, social media, press outreach, advocacy with policymakers, as well as all internal communications within the Alliance. A journalist by trade, Rosie comes from over 18 years at the BBC World Service and has reported on international news and development around the world. She is also a senior digital trainer for the BBC World Service, training staff in their 40 international bureaux in the latest social media and digital production skills. She holds a BA Hons in French and Spanish from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Post Grad Diploma in Conflict Resolution.

  • Gary Parker
    Research Manager

    Gary Parker


    Gary is responsible for managing the joint activities of the funded research teams, particularly concentrating on the strategic, logistical and research management of the GACD research network. Previously, Gary worked at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa; coordinating and managing randomized control trials, clinical trials and clinical observational studies primarily focused on issues around diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV and TB. He has worked in the area of clinical and public health research since 2008. Gary holds a Masters in Research Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on social network correlates of HIV voluntary counselling and testing.

  • Faye Pontin
    Operations and Governance Manager

    Faye Pontin

    Faye is the GACD Operations and Governance Manager, and has worked for GACD since 2015. She provides governance support to the Board of Trustees and also coordinates Strategy Board and Executive Committee meetings, whilst also leading on the logistical, operational and HR aspects of all GACD activities. After gaining previous experience in project management and marketing, including a placement in China, she has previously worked for UCL coordinating the communications, HR and finance functions of the Institute for Global Health for 2.5 years. Faye has a first class degree in English Language and Linguistics with Chinese from the University of Reading.

  • Dr Anna Graca
    Programme Manager

    Dr Anna Graca

    Dr Anna Graca, is responsible for coordination of the joint activities of the GACD member agencies, which includes the support of Strategy Board and Programme Subcommittee activities such as research call development and joint peer review. In addition, she supports the interim CEO in the implementation of the strategic plan of the GACD. She recently joined from the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation. As a Programme and Policy Officer at the Commission, she managed EU funded FP7 and Horizon2020 research projects including GACD projects related to mental health. Here, she worked with key stakeholders to develop and implement strategies aiming to promote and further strengthen collaborative research. Dr Graca has a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from University College London.

  • Abena Kusi
    Administrative Officer/ Executive Assistant

    Abena Kusi


    Abena is the CEO’s executive assistant. As well as providing governance support to the Strategy Board and Programme Sub Committees, she delivers administrative support across the whole business, ensuring the GACD operates effectively and to the highest professional standard.

    Abena has a degree in Communications and Media studies from Brunel University. After gaining her degree, she worked within the charity sector providing business, HR and Board and Committee support across various charities.

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