Our Country Ambassadors

Our Country Ambassadors are experts in their fields who help connect us with our members, supporters and networks outside the UK.

The role Country Ambassador is a new voluntary position, which was created as a result of our new strategy, which launched late 2017.

The aim of the role is to ensure we are better connected with our members, supporters and networks outside of the UK. Ambassadors help influence how the Society operates, through their links to the Board of Trustees and also to the team.

Country Ambassadors help to ensure that researchers and professionals in their country or area can better benefit from the work of the Society. We also work together to decide how RSTMH can have the most impact in their respective countries and areas. 

They can also help us ensure the relevant individuals and organisations in their country are aware of RSTMH's work and activities, so that they are aware of how we can help them progress their careers, but also that their knowledge and expertise is represented in our networks and is part of our impact. 

RSTMH Country Ambassador will be of benefit to you. You will be part of a network of ambassadors around the world, hopefully expanding your existing networks and contacts in your area of work.

Current Country Ambassadors

Dr Kebede Deribe (Ethiopia)

Dr Kebede is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

He is an epidemiologist and a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, interested in the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with a focus on spatial epidemiology and operational research.

Kebede is particularly interested in the design, implementation of large scale studies to map the distribution of diseases and evaluation of interventions for prevention, control and potential elimination of NTDs. Kebede has first degrees in public health from Haramay University, Ethiopia and MPH from Jimma University, Ethiopia and PhD in epidemiology from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Through a Wellcome Trust training fellowship grant, he led the nationwide mapping of the geographical distribution of podoconiosis in Ethiopia. He is an academic editor with PLOS ONE and a member of the Footwork Advisory Committee.

In 2016, he received RSTMH's Emerging Leaders Award and been an RSTMH member since 2011. 


Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee (India) 

Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee trained as a Medical Microbiologist and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in academic institutes, pharmaceutical companies and a decade of experience in national, international philanthropic and government funding agencies. He has been instrumental in supporting the innovation ecosystem in India and beyond.

Dr Mukherjee is currently the Mission Director of Grand Challenges India, the flagship programme of the partnership between the Department of Biotechnology, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust. This platform supports initiatives that could dramatically change the health and development landscape in India.

Dr Mukherjee holds Ph.D. in Microbiology, is a law graduate and carried out a leadership course form Said Business School at the University of Oxford and the Global Health Leadership course from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

How to apply

You will have been based in the country you would like to represent for at least a decade and will be there for at least a further year. You will have a good understanding of the health environment, as well as have established links to tropical medicine and global health networks and organisations.

You will be knowledgeable in your specific area of tropical medicine and global health and will have established good networks within your country, in your field and more widely, preferably across the clinical, academic, charitable industry and policy making sectors.

You will have represented your organisation or work in other non-executive or voluntary capacities in the past and will have a good understanding of how to disseminate information and extract ideas and advice. Finally, you will be a member of RSTMH and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH.

We are not currently accepting applications, but keep checking our jobs pages for more information.