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Prof Ros Cornforth


Leadership Team

Celia Petty

Strategic Team Lead

Valerio Lucarini

Professor of Statistical Mechanics

Penelope Cabot

Business Development Director

Ted Shepherd

Grantham Professor of Climate Science

Walker Research Fellows

Grady Walker

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Harley Pope

Research Fellow and Walker Academy Lead

Ross Fairgrieve

Interdisciplinary Research Fellow

Will Shields

Research Fellow

Elena Saggioro

Research Fellow

Cathie Wells

Research Fellow

Operational Team

Marah McGuire

Operations Support Officer

Gerard Stewart

Knowledge Management Officer

Konstantina Pratta

Walker Academy Support Coordinator/Facilitator

Board Members

Prof Virginia Murray

Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction at Public Health England

Menghestab Haile

World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Southern Africa

Prof Aondover Tarhule

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Illinois State University

Dr Vanessa Lawrence

Former Director General and CEO, Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency working globally in the application of Space, Geospatial and AI

Dr Andrew Bennett

President of the Tropical Agricultural Association

Peter Gibbs

Chair of Board. Former BBC Weather Forecaster & Journalist

Lord Crisp

Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health & Former CEO of NHS

Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah

Former UN Economic Commission for Africa Chief of Staff to the Executive Secretary & Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ICT

Walker Ambassadors

Dr Richard Nunes

Prof Lisa Methven

Dr Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez

Prof Chris Hilson

Dr Andrew Ainslie

Dr Deepa Senapathi

Prof John Methven

Dr Stefan Thor Smith

Walker Business Partners

Karen Lawrence

HR Adviser

Ashley Burke

International Partnership Manager

Emma Robinson

Research Accountant

Anne-Marie West

Finance Business Partner

Kirsty Withers

Senior Research Development Manager

Claire Milham


Julie Rowe

Director of Legal Services