The Management Committee & External Advisory Panel

The COUNTDOWN governance structure consists of three main internal bodies - Programme Management Team, COUNTDOWN Management Committee and Country Management Committee. To enable COUNTDOWN to operate with maximum clarity, efficiency, consistency, equity and transparency, each group has clearly defined processes for sharing information and making decisions.  



The Programme Management Team is based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and responsible for the day-to-day running and overall direction of the consortium. 



The Programme Management Team is guided by the COUNTDOWN Management Committee on decisions requiring more strategic direction. 

It consists of the following organisational representatives: 


 Russell Stothard                 Rachael Thomson                            Sunday Isiyaku                                Sally Theobald                                                            


    Samuel Wanji                                  Theresa Hoke                       Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuente           Paul Garner                                  


          Karsor Kollie                             Stephen Kennedy                      Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum                     Mark Taylor                           


              Luret Lar                              Mike Osei Atweneboana                 Ifeoma Anagbogu                        Louis Niessen                        


  Margaret Gyapong                           Philip Okoko Oyale 



There is a Country Management Committee for each country that COUNTDOWN collaborates with, each having a designated Country Manager: 

  • Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuente, Country Manager Cameroon
  • Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, Country Manager Ghana

  • Karsor Kollie, Country Manager Liberia

  • Sunday Isiyaku, Country Manager Nigeria


We also have an external advisory panel which is an independent advisory group, who ensure that the activities of the consortium are strategic and fair and carried out in accordance with DFID conditions.


Gautam Biswas

Gautam Biswas is the Coordinator of the Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control unit, WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

Juerg Utzinger

Jeurg Utzinger is Professor of Epidemiology and heads the Ecosystem Health Science unit at Swiss TPH. He has over two decades of experience in all aspects of neglected tropical diseases and malaria.

Jutta Reinhard-Rupp

Jutta Reinhard-Rupp is Head of the R&D Translational Innovation Platform for “Global Health” at Merck Serono. Her focus is the discovery and development of new drugs and health solutions for children suffering from poverty-related diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis.

Nhan Tran

Nhan Tran is responsible for overseeing the work of the Implementation Research Platform of the Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research in three areas - stewardship, capacity strengthening and programmatic research. In addition, Nhan leads the portfolio on embedded research across three WHO regional offices.