Our Student Ambassadors

Who better than the emerging leaders of tropical medicine and global health to guide our activities, our strategy and our impact?

Acting as a voice for their fellow students, Student Ambassadors are indispensable in raising awareness of RSTMH throughout their institutions and beyond. They are the instrumental link between students, institutions and RSTMH and make the most valuable contribution to assisting us in achieving our vision and mission.

Central to the Student Ambassador role is ensuring that RSTMH is recognising and supporting the next generation of tropical medicine and global health professionals effectively and safeguarding that they are taking an active role in facilitating research, sharing knowledge and driving impact.

Current Ambassadors

Our current Student Ambassadors are:

  • Emma Lalande, Oxford University, UK 
  • Idris Otun, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Gordon Takop Nchanji, University of Buea, Cameroon
  • Adebiyi Adeniran, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Centro de Biotecnologia Genomica, Mexico
  • Sumetha Uthayakumar, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Victoria Simpson, University of Liverpool, UK 
  • Maysoon Nagmeldin Ahfad, Afhad University for Women, Sudan
  • Philippa Hallchurch, University of Bristol, UK
  • Karina Chopra, University of Aberdeen, UK 
  • Leona Richards, University of Bristol, UK 
  • Yusuff Adebisi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
  • Pius Nsimbe, Gulu University, Uganda
  • Joel Odero, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya
  • Alexander Spina, University of Exeter Medical School, UK 
  • Peter Macharia, The Open University in collaboration with KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, UK and Kenya
  • Jim Chadwick, University of Liverpool, UK 
  • Dr Sehrsih Ather, University of Lahore, Pakistan 
  • Antonia Round, Leicester Medical School, UK 
  • Florence Sibomana, University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences in School of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Emmanuella Nzeribe, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  • Syra Dhillon, Imperial College London, UK  
  • Christophe Ngendahayo, University of Rwanda
  • Elizabeth Ochola, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Lily Pollock, Oxford University, UK
  • John Moss, University College London, UK 
  • Catherine Dominic, Barts and the London School of Medicine, QMUL, UK
  • Cavin Mgawe, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
  • Coral Pratt, University of Bristol, UK 
  • Elizabeth Ochola, University of Waterloo Ontario, Canada
  • Ganesh Paul, University College London, UK
  • José Moreira, Fundaçaõ Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Nacional de Infectologia Evandro Chagas (INI/FIOCRUZ), Brazil
  • Nelly Nyaga, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Olivier Uwishema, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Turkey
  • Vanessa Irumva, University of Burundi, Burundi
  • Remy Hoek Spaans, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Dr Ankit Mittal , AIIMS, India
  • Natasha Kowshik, University of Cambridge, UK

Ambassadors in the spotlight

Emma Lalande, Oxford University, UK 

“I applied to be an RSTMH Student Ambassador, because I think the work that RSTMH do regarding funding vital research in tropical diseases and public health is invaluable.

As a volunteer spokesperson, I can help raise public awareness of RSTMH’s work, how more people can get involved, all within a team of like-minded Student Ambassadors.

It is hugely fulfilling, not to mention interesting!”




Gordon Takop Nchanji, University of Buea, Cameroon

The quest to be more involved in improving community health led me to join RSTMH as a Student Ambassador.

It is rare to be part of something bigger than us, an international push to combat and end global health threats, especially those which affect the poorest and the underprivileged of the society like NTDs and malaria.”





How to apply

To be an RSTMH Student Ambassador, you ideally need to be a full-time student in a subject related to global health, with good networks and a strong understanding of RSTMH and our work. You also need to be an existing RSTMH member.

As an RSTMH Student Ambassador, you can gain experience in a similar field to your studies and complement your academic abilities by getting involved in many ways including, but not limited to:

  • Getting in touch and letting us know what you think we’re doing right, and what we could be doing better: As a Student Ambassador and a member of RSTMH, your feedback is extremely important.
  • Sharing RSTMH social media posts within your own network, university network, or both, to raise awareness about the Society.
  • Talking! Engaging with your fellow students to promote the Society. Telling them about RSTMH student membership and the benefits available.
  • Promoting Society activities such as conferences, workshops, awards, grants and publications.
  • Recommending the journals to your colleagues and explaining how they can be involved with our publications (for example, acting as a peer reviewer).
  • Telling your networks to apply for a small grant and making sure your networks don’t miss key deadlines by sending them regular information about the opening and closing dates.

Student Ambassadors applications are opened throughout the year, but submissions are only reviewed in February, June and October.

If you would like to apply to become an RSTMH Student Ambassador, please complete the application form

Please give as much information as possible about your experiences, interests and availability.

If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Fincham.