Vinny Smith (United Kingdom)

Meningitis Research Foundation *
Chief Executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation Vinny is the Chief Executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO), with 20 years of experience enabling transformation of organisations and sectors. In the past 5 years, Vinny has helped establish the world’s first World Health Organization (WHO) global roadmap for meningitis, the Global Meningitis Genome Partnership, and the Meningitis Progress Tracker, bringing together the world’s best data on bacterial meningitis into one place for the first time, and he merged MRF and CoMO to establish the world’s leading combined meningitis charity and patient voice network. He is a former steering committee member of the Global Meningococcal Initiative, a Business Fellow and guest lecturer at the University of the West of England, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers. He currently represents MRF and CoMO as a member of the WHO Technical Task Force working to defeat meningitis by 2030. Before entering the meningitis field, Vinny led teams committed to open and transparent availability of international data on financing for development through the International Aid Transparency Initiative and Global Humanitarian Assistance programmes, including establishing new teams in Kenya and Uganda; led the operational and training implementation of a multi-agency domestic abuse intervention model in the UK; restructured the fundraising division of Europe’s largest voluntary income charity; and provided consultancy for strategic and operational reorientation of an African economic think tank and strategy development for a US-based global development partnership.