MMV announces new Chairman of the Board effective 2011

Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, has accepted the invitation to become Chairman of the MMV Board.

21 Oct 2010

MMV's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, has accepted the invitation to become Chairman of the MMV Board. His term will commence June 2011 when current Chairman Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey steps down after serving two consecutive terms in the role.

As Special Envoy to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon since February 2008, Ray has been very active in the field of malaria, leading the effort to achieve universal coverage of preventive measures in sub-Saharan Africa with a view to eliminating deaths from malaria by 2015.

In 2006 Ray co-founded the US-based non-governmental organization Malaria No More and has also been involved in several development efforts related to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, including Millennium Promise and the Millennium Villages Project to tackle extreme rural poverty.

“We are delighted to welcome Special Envoy Chambers as Chairman of MMV’s Board of Directors,” said Dennis Schmatz, MMV’s President and CEO. “We look forward to working with Ray next year and are confident that his support and guidance will take MMV closer to achieving its vision to develop innovative new antimalarials for vulnerable populations across the world.”

MMV will be sorry to see Baroness Chalker step down as Chairman of the Board in June 2011. She has been a strong leader, chairing the Board with vision and wisdom. During her term as Chairman MMV has made great progress in its science and access efforts, firmly establishing itself as the leading product development partnership committed to the research and development of antimalarial drugs.