Professor Francisca Mutapi, is an award winning international Global Health Researcher and Leader. She is a professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, co-Director of the Global Health Academy and Deputy Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit TIBA (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) at the University of Edinburgh, where is also the Principal’s Senior Advisor on Africa. She holds honorary positions at the Universities of Oxford and Kwazulu Natal. She conducts and leads basic scientific research that has had an extraordinary impact on the policy, practice and implementation of NTD control, especially in Africa. She has contributed to shaping national and global NTD policies by working closely with the WHO, African Union and local governments in affected countries, impacting millions of lives. She is helping shape research and training in Africa through independent advisory boards. She sits on several advisory bodies including the WHO Africa Regional Director’s Advisory Board, the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly 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/ AAA (FLAIR) Fellowships steering committee. She is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences. She was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.