Sir Mark Walport
Mark Walport is Director of the Wellcome Trust. The Wellcome Trust funds innovative biomedical research, in the UK and internationally, spending over £600 million each year to support the brightest scientists with the best ideas. Before joining the Trust he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the UK-India Roundtable, the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He is a member of a number of international advisory bodies, including the Grand Challenges in Global Health Scientific Board and the Council of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise.
He has undertaken independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors, ‘Data Sharing Review’ (2009) and secondary education, ‘Science and Mathematics: Secondary Education for the 21st Century’ (2010). He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research.