Clara Burton is a programme manager in the Department for International Public Health. She joined LSTM in 2017. She has an MSc in International Development from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Politics and Spanish from University College Dublin.
Since 2019 she has been working with Professor France Cowan to manage a portfolio of research projects that are evaluating different ways of preventing and managing HIV-infection among key populations in southern Africa, in particular the £5 million Wellcome Trust funded AMETHIST Programme - Clara is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the AMETHIST consortium, reporting to the funder and overseeing the operational and financial management of the grant. Clara works closely with CeSHHAR Zimbabwe, where Dr Cowan is the executive director. CeSHHAR is a private voluntary organisation based in Zimbabwe that has a large portfolio of HIV prevention and sexual health research and programmatic projects. LSTM and CeSHHAR collaborate on a number of research programmes that Clara oversees.
Clara works with the CeSHHAR senior management team on funding applications, strategic projects and communications – see link below for more information on CeSHHAR. http://www.ceshhar.org.zw/
Previously at LSTM, Clara worked as a programme manager in the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) where she managed a diverse portfolio of projects across sub-Saharan Africa, supported business development, developed strategic country plans and contributed to the CMNH project life cycle system. As well as managing the implementation and finances of projects funded by the Global Fund, Johnson&Johnson, WHO and the EU,
Clara managed the local CMNH offices in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Before joining LSTM, Clara worked for CAFOD, CARE International and Penal Reform International covering countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has over 12 years’ experience working in international development, raising income and managing funds from institutional donors including UK Department for International Development, EU, WHO, UNICEF, WHO, Johnson & Johnson, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Disasters Emergency Committee, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Open Society Institute.