Martina is currently the Programme Manager for The LIGHT Consortium, a six-year cross-disciplinary global health research programme funded by UK aid, led by LSTM working with partners in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK. LIGHT aims to provide new evidence on the effectiveness of different gender-sensitive pathways and approaches to health for those with TB in urban, HIV-prevalent settings and Martina is responsible for the effective operational management and execution of the Programme.
From 2017 to 2021, Martina was the Programme Manager for the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health and Tuberculosis in Africa at LSTM (IMPALA), a 4-year £7m. partnership involving 21 partners, 15 of which based in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Between 2015-17 Martina worked as Research Information Manager at LSTM supporting Research Committee and the REF Coordinator in the preparation for REF2021.
Prior to joining LSTM, Martina worked at the University of Liverpool where she coordinated financial and non-financial aspects of research projects throughout their lifecycle for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science and Mathematical Sciences.
Originally from Italy, Martina completed her bachelor’s degree in International Development at the University of Padova (Italy) and her MPhil in Peace & Conflict Transformation at the University of Tromsø (Norway) with a thesis on child labour in artisanal mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has served as an advocate for child protection in relation to Child Labour and working conditions and has worked overseas in Ecuador, Cameroon, Cambodia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo working for International NGOs, as well as the UN.