Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

Chris White

Chris White is the Director of Strategy and Operations at the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). Chris’ professional life began in the British military, serving on operations in East Africa and Northern Ireland for five years, before completing undergraduate studies in Zoology at the University of Nottingham in 1996. During this period, his growing interest in entomology culminated in a number of expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution and with the approval of the Royal Geographical Society.

After graduation, a year in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania cemented a desire to complete graduate studies in Medical Entomology & Parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), where he was awarded the Jervis Prize in 1998 for research on the potential negative relationship between intensified peri-urban agriculture and the population density of malaria vectors in West Africa.

Chris’ post-LSTM career was initially focused on vector-borne disease control in humanitarian emergencies, working for non-governmental agencies and the United Nations. He later shifted to longer-term development work with Population Services International, providing malaria-related technical assistance and training support throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

More recently, Chris focused on global, regional, and in-country advocacy for malaria elimination and spent four years leading the malaria advocacy investment portfolio at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.  In mid-2018, Chris was appointed Director of Advocacy, Finance & Sustainability at the MEI.  In May 2020, he assumed the role of Director of Strategy and Operations, focusing primarily on the development and implementation of the MEI’s new strategy for the 2021-2024 period.