Jeremy Farrar Keynote Speaker

  • Director, Wellcome Trust
  • Former Professor of tropical medicine, University of Oxford
  • Named 12th in Fortune’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015
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Biography

Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE is a British medical researcher, specialising in infectious diseases, tropical health and emerging infections. He has been Director of the Wellcome Trust since 2013.

Prior to this from 2000-13, Farrar was Professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford. From 1996-2013, he was Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit to Ho Chi Minh City.

Jeremy Farrar has served as Chair on a number of advisory boards for governments and global organisations. In the UK, Farrar is part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Public Health England’s Serology Working Group. In May 2020, he was appointed to the expert advisory group for the UK Government’s Vaccine Task Force, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further afield, Jeremy is a Member of the Health and Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council (HBMS IAC) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the WHO R&D Blueprint; and serves on the joint World Bank/WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB).

Previously he served on The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis, Co-Chaired several WHO committees and was a Member of the German Ministry of Health’s International Advisory Board on Global Health.

In 2005, Farrar was appointed OBE for his services to Tropical Medicine. He received the Memorial Medal from the Government of Vietnam and he was honoured by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK and by the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Farrar is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 2015, he was named 12th in Fortune’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015.

He has contributed to over 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is Co-Author, alongside Chris Whitty and Neil Ferguson, an article in Nature, titled ‘Infectious disease: Tough choices to reduce Ebola transmission’, explaining the UK government’s response to helping combat the disease in Sierra Leone.

Farrar completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, he completed two bachelor’s degrees in medicine and immunology at University College London.

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Videos of Jeremy Farrar

How we can outsmart epidemics
How we can outsmart epidemics
Jeremy Farrar on the global race for a Covid-19 vaccine | FT Interview
Jeremy Farrar on the global race for a Covid-19 vaccine | FT Interview
Coronavirus: SAGE member warns of 'difficult times ahead'
Coronavirus: SAGE member warns of 'difficult times ahead'

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