Anouchka Smits Bayala

Senior Coordinator, Product Development
Research & Development

What I do at MMV:

I support the Product Development project teams and the Head of Product Development with operational, logistical and administrative tasks.

Why I work at MMV:

Developing effective antimalarials and working to ensure they are accessible to populations in need, is a cause that I strongly believe in and I am thrilled to be able to use my experience in clinical operations to contribute to MMV’s mission. Malaria is a topic that is of particular interest to me, as it was the focus of my first research project following my graduation in the field of Biology. I am pleased that my career has now come full circle.

More about me:

As a child, my dream was to work in Africa. After I obtained my Master of Biology from the University of Geneva, I pursued a Master of Biology in Tropical Medicine at the Tropical Medicine Institute of Antwerp in Belgium. My first job as a biologist was to analyse population genetics of the malaria vector. This gave me the opportunity to travel several times to East and West Africa, to collect mosquito samples. Following this, I lived in Mali for 2 years, working as a Project Manager in the local unit of a research project in public health, associated with the University of Geneva.

When I returned to Switzerland, I moved into the pharmaceutical industry, where I expanded my knowledge in the area clinical trials and product development. I worked in clinical operations at Serono International for 7 years and at MerckSerono in safety operations for 5 years. In 2013, I was drawn to working for a cause and thus enrolled in a study programme at the WWF training center on environmental protection and sustainability. I then coordinated 2 projects in this domain, one to raise awareness about waste recycling, and the second to raise awareness among children of the biodiversity in our region.

Ask me about:

Facilitating teamwork and collaboration, project management, and family management. I’m also happy to talk about ecology, such as waste recycling or local contract farming, biodiversity, moonlight gardening, or mountain trekking.