Marta Tufet is the Executive Director of the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), which ensures strategic coherence across UK government departments and research funders of international development. Before joining UKCDR, she led the development of the UK Department of Health’s first £450M Global Health Research Programme. Prior to this she was Strategic Partnerships Manager at Wellcome developing and implementing research funding partnerships and capacity strengthening initiatives in developing countries. She has previously worked at Nature; the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and the African Academy of Sciences in Kenya to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa. She is a Trustee of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Marta has a research background in malaria with a BSc in biology and a PhD in parasitology from Imperial College London.