David Dunne is Professor of Parasitology in the Pathology Department, University of Cambridge. For 30 years, he worked with African colleagues (in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Gabon, Ghana) studying neglected tropical diseases. He is Director of the Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research and Cambridge-Africa (http://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/) – a programme he initiated in 2008 to make Cambridge’s expertise, resources and influence readily available to African researchers.
Cambridge-Africa is now Cambridge’s university-wide strategy to support African researchers through capacity strengthening initiatives and knowledge exchange partnerships with African universities and research institutes. It engages with African researchers across all disciplines to help them address African priorities in Africa. Leading Cambridge academics co-mentor young African researchers, or teach on specialist courses and workshops in Africa. It also supports student-led entrepreneurial/development/volunteering activities in Africa (e.g. the Cambridge Development Initiative: http://cdi.soc.srcf.net/), and helps African students in Cambridge connect with each other and with African alumni.