Acting Director – Dr. Mia Crampin
Dr. Amelia (Mia) Crampin is the Acting Director for MEIRU. Mia has oversight of the scientific activities, laboratories and data management across the organisation. She is the contact point for a large number of national and international collaborators. Mia qualified as a doctor in 1989 in the UK, initially specialising in infectious disease and microbiology, but after a DTM&H in 1993, she took up training post in Public Health, completing an MSc in Public Health in 1995 and her specialist training in Public Health in 1998. After 3 years as Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, she joined LSHTM in 1997, moving to Karonga to take up a post as Field Epidemiologist at the Karonga Prevention Study (as it was then known). Mia has remained with MEIRU ever since in a variety of scientific and management roles, and is now based in Lilongwe.
Mia has published over 130 papers with KPS in predominantly in the areas of TB, HIV and demography (and more recently NCD) and has supervised and mentored a large number of junior scientists over the years. Mia represents MEIRU in several national working groups and expert bodies within the region as well as fulfilling teaching commitments at LSHTM and Malawi College of Medicine as an external examiner. She leads the MEIRU engagements with both the INDEPTH and ALPHA networks.
Visiting Professor and NCD Theme Lead – Professor Moffat Nyirenda
Professor Moffat Nyirenda is a Diabetologist/Endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine (Global Non-Communicable Diseases) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Moffat was among the first graduates from the College of Medicine in Malawi, with “hybrid” training between University College London and University of Malawi.
Moffat subsequently trained and worked at the University of Edinburgh, supported by a prestigious MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship award. In 2010, he returned to Malawi where he was Professor of Research at the College of Medicine and Associate Director of Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme. Moffat was Director of MEIRU 2013 – 2016.
Science Programme Manager – Dr. Steffen Geis
Dr. Steffen Geis is the Science Programme Manager for MEIRU. Steffen earned his medical degree from the Julius-Maximilians University in Wuerzburg, Germany, in 2002 and a research doctorate in pathology in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 he worked for the Department for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, University of Munich, Germany in southern Tanzania. There he joined the Mbeya Medical Research Programme as an Epidemiologist and Deputy Programme Coordinator overseeing preparatory cohort studies for future HIV vaccine trials.
In 2005 he trained in infectious diseases and tropical medicine in Munich, Germany. He received basic surgical training from 2006 to 2008 at the Medical Mission Hospital in Wuerzburg, Germany. Afterwards he worked for two years at the German national public health institute (Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany) as a fellow of the German Field Epidemiology Training Porgramme (FETP) and European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). In the last five years prior to joining MEIRU/LSHTM he worked at the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany, specializing in medical microbiology and virology (board certificate in 2014).
Steffen holds a postgraduate master’s degree in international health (Charité Berlin, Germany, 2009) and medical biometry/biostatistics (University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2015).
Programme Manager – Vacant
Finance Manager – Mr. Laurence Tembo
Laurence Tembo is the Finance Manager for MEIRU. Laurence is responsible for financial management and reporting, coordinating and maintaining a cash flow management and forecasting system, monitoring programme support costs and ensuring organisational internal controls and systems are adhered to among other duties. Laurence has seventeen years’ experience in the public sector and with Non-Governmental Organizations including the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology and the CCAP Development Department.
Laurence is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He graduated with a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of London in 2014 and is a member of the council of examiners and assessors of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM).
Human Resources Manager – Mr. Orphan Chirwa
Orphan Chriwa is the Human Resources Manager for MEIRU, with responsibility for coordinating the recruitment, selection and induction of new staff, administering performance and development review processes. In addition Orphan develops and administers HR policies, communicates with other governmental and non-governmental institutions in Malawi relating to human resource matters and maintains personnel database and staff files amongst other matters.
Orphan is a qualified Human Resources Management Specialist with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management obtained in 2010 from the University of Malawi’s main constituent college Chancellor College. He is currently studying for a Masters in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from the same college.
Louis Banda is the Laboratory Manager for MEIRU, responsible for day to day running of the laboratory research work both in Lilongwe and Karonga, sample storage, laboratory procurement, advising researchers on laboratory issues as well as assisting on budgets for studies involving the laboratories.
Louis is a qualified Laboratory Scientist having obtained a Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Infectious Diseases from University of London-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Louis joined MEIRU in 2007 as a Lab Technologist and was later promoted to assistant laboratory manager in 2014 before taking up his current position from July 2016.