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LIDC Team

Professor Claire Heffernan

Director

Claire is a veterinarian with training in the social sciences. She joined LIDC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where as Head of Infection and Immunity she initiated the Risk and Resilience Hub which explores four inter-linked critical global challenges: climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable food systems and disease emergence.

Claire has extensive experience of inter-disciplinary research grounded in the challenges faced by poorer communities. For example, in 2000, she founded the Livestock Development Group (LDG) at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. This was in response to the need for a meta-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by the global poor.

 Claire joined LIDC in June 2017.

Gek Kwan-Lim

Programme Developer

After her PhD in Molecular Parasitology at Imperial College, Gek continued her post-doctoral study in Immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research.  She joined the International Department of the Wellcome Trust and worked within the Trust for eight years, handling a variety of grants, including international fellowships for developing countries and collaborative grants between developing countries and the UK/Australia/New Zealand.  She moved on to manage and coordinate a National Cancer Research Institute’s multi-disciplinary research collaborative initiative for Supportive and Palliative Care at Marie Curie Cancer Care before taking up another role at the Institute of Cancer Research  managing a magnetic resonance imaging for breast screening study.

Gek joined LIDC in June 2013.
 

Contact for research inquiries

Susan Sheedy

Centre Manager

Susan joined LIDC on a secondment from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she had day to day responsibility for the running of the Department of Clinical Research.  Prior to moving to LSHTM Susan worked in the voluntary sector as an IT Manager for a single homelessness organisation based in Camden.

Susan joined LIDC in February 2017.

 

Anjuli Borgonha

Communications Officer

After graduating from the University of Brighton, Anjuli lived in Colombia for two years where she worked at the British Embassy in Bogotá and at a digital marketing agency on editorial and social media strategy. Her other roles include client liaison for a financial services company, education project work for the Royal College of GPs, teaching English, volunteering with social projects in Bolivia and at the IPF, an organization empowering young journalists and enabling young people to report on global affairs. Anjuli is also currently studying an MA in Communication for Development at Malmö University.

Anjuli joined LIDC in May 2016.

Contact for membership enquires, events, comms and media

Charine John

Administrator/ PA to the LIDC Director

Charine joined LIDC from Syracuse University’s London Program, where she was the Student Activities Coordinator. She has also worked in Educational Policy research, as Learning Mentor, a Play/Youth Worker, and as a Training Instructor. She grew up in Sierra Leone, later returning to work in eco-tourism and as a volunteer with IRC. She is a (CELTA-qualified) English language teacher and has a BA in Education/French and did her Masters’ degree in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birkbeck University. She currently volunteers at the Soup Kitchen run by the American Church in London, and the YMCA in Gt Russell St, teaching various disciplines including Boxing, Cycle (spin) and Sculpt (weightlifting.) She is a proud and occasionally despairing Arsenal supporter. 

Charine joined LIDC in September 2015

​Contact for administrative inquiries and room bookings

Anna Marry

IMMANA Research Uptake and Knowledge Manager (Research Fellow)

Anna's background is in communications for international development, public relations and project management. Before joining LIDC, Anna spent five years working for the World Bank External Affairs in Paris and London, and then a year at the Community Development Foundation, a London-based charity tackling disadvantage across England. Anna holds an MSc degree in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics, and an undergraduate degree in psychology and English. She now works mostly with the LCIRAH and IMMANA projects.

Anna joined LIDC in February 2011.