ICODA announce the appointment of Professor Agnes Binagwaho and Dr Martin Murphy, as Co-chairs of the Scientific and Strategic Advisory Committee

| 09/11/2020

“This exciting initiative will promote the opportunity for the world to come together in solidarity and use reliable data to find solutions to the crisis that we are facing.  Given how divisive and contradictory various efforts to end this pandemic have been, I believe that this research alliance will be instrumental in allowing the world to synergize better and concentrate more, effectively on research.  An initiative built on true, mutual partnerships will bear more fruit than the nationalistic approach to ending the pandemic. Such collaborations are especially much needed for the most vulnerable globally as well as for developing countries who could significantly learn about ways to collaborate in generate and use quality data for the global public good. I am excited about the possibility to make this a reality.”

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD

Co-Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee;
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity;
Former Minister of Health of Rwanda;
Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

In order to build a trustworthy partnership, it will be vital to ensure robust and transparent governance processes, with clear lines of accountability.  The Alliance must be open to scrutiny across all its activities.

One of the key governance bodies that ICODA is establishing is the Scientific & Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC has been created as an independent body within the Alliance governing structure to provide high-level advice to inform the strategic direction of the Alliance, with a particular focus on ensuring the Alliance can deliver scientific impact and on supporting data-driven research to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  We believe that the SAC is paramount to guiding this global vision and to ensuring equitable data and research collaborations as well as research capacity building.

ICODA is delighted to announce that Prof Agnes Binagwaho and Dr Martin Murphy have kindly agreed to Co-Chair the SAC.

Professor Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan paediatrician who returned to Rwanda in July of 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  She co-founded the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners In Health, which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all.  Read more

Dr Martin Murphy was founding CEO and Board Director of the 20-year-old non-profit CEO Roundtable on Cancer at the request of the late 41st President George H.W. Bush.  He was also Founding CEO of Project Data Sphere® (PDS), a non-profit initiative of the CEO Roundtable devoted to cancer clinical trial data-sharing and analysis.   Read more