Marta joined Science at Wellcome in 2009. She has over 10 years’ experience of developing, implementing and managing strategic research funding and capacity strengthening initiatives in global health with a strong focus on Africa. Firstly at Nature, then at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands and now as a Strategic Partnerships Manager at Wellcome, she has developed expertise in research, grant-making, policy, governance and building collaborations across a spectrum of global health issues.
She has managed a diverse funding portfolio, including the Joint Global Health Trials Initiative, the African Institutions Initiative, the fast-tracking of Ebola vaccines, the KEMRI-Wellcome Programme and UK Biobank.
In 2014 she was seconded to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she worked to align a number of shared objectives in health research in Africa which culminated in partnership support for a new pan-African research funding platform. Marta was subsequently seconded to the African Academy of Sciences in Kenya in 2015 to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Research in Science in Africa (AESA).
She is currently seconded to the UK Department of Health to develop its Global Health Research Programme. She is a Trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust where she chairs the Projects and Grants Committee. Marta obtained a BSc in Biology and a PhD in molecular parasitology (malaria) from Imperial College.