Tuesday 28 June 2016

Baron Peter Piot, Dame Marjorie Scardino

Director and Chairman, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been one of the world’s pre-eminent centres for global health research, treatment and education for more than a century. Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School’s current home was built by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1921 and intended to develop into a London-based institution that would lead the world in the promotion of public health and curing tropical diseases. From its earliest days its heart has been at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and smallpox.

Baron Peter Piot CMG MD PhD

Peter Piot is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine School, and the Handa Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-2008), and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization. A clinician and microbiologist by training, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and subsequently led pioneering research on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and infectious diseases in Africa. He has published over 580 scientific articles and 16 books, including his memoir, No Time to Lose.

Dame Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino was for 12 years chief executive of The Economist Group (first in America and then worldwide). After that she was, for 16 years, the chief executive of Pearson plc, the world’s leading education company and owner of Penguin books and The Financial Times Group and half of The Economist. She retired from her Pearson position on January 1, 2013, and is currently the chairman of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is also chairman of The MacArthur Foundation and a member of the non-profit boards of The Royal College of Art and The Carter Center, as well as the for-profit boards of Twitter, IAG (the holding company of British Airways, Iberia and other airlines) and PureTech (which builds companies that seek to solve intractable health problems with technology and cross-cutting approaches).

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) may not be one of the UK's biggest or best known educational institutions, but it's arguably one of the most critical.