Head International Operations, Wellcome Trust.
Dr Simon Kay started his career with a degree in Zoology and then a PhD in Cancer Immunology, both at the University of Nottingham. During this time he was also a part-time chef in a monastery. He then moved to the British Council where he worked for 26 years around the world with postings in the UK, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia and Israel.
Currently, as Wellcome's Head of International Operations Simon leads Wellcome's efforts to build biomedical and health research capacity in Africa and India. His teams at Wellcome work closely with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. His team also provides governance and operational support to Wellcome's major programmes in Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Through this work he has built up expertise in charitable and not for profit international governance arrangements and in research capacity building in Lower and Middle Income Countries. He is now studying for a Masters in Coaching and Behavioural Change at the Henley Business School and hopes to be able to use this expertise to support developing research and innovation capacity in early career researchers.
Simon is a Governor at Ardingly College in West Sussex, a Trustee of the Malaria Consortium, a Director of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in South Africa (research into HIV/TB), a Director of the Africa Research Consortium for Health (ARCH) in Kenya and a member of the Partners' Group which provides governance oversight to AESA. He learned to speak a reasonable level of Russian whilst in Moscow from 2002 – 2006.