Professor Nick Lemoine - Chair of the Board

Nick Lemoine is Medical Director of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network for England.  Nick has recently been appointed Chair of the COVID-19 urgent public health studies group for the UK. The group’s remit is to consider all clinical studies relating to COVID-19 and to fast-track those with the greatest promise. Nick also chairs the NIHR Invention for Innovation Challenge Panel.

Nick is Director of the Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, and Director of Research & Development for Cancer at Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the country.

Among other commitments, he is the Chair of Trustees of the Medical Research Foundation and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and Executive Dean of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Peoples Republic of China.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006, and as a Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineers in 2017.

Nick has been nominated to the Board by the Medical Research Foundation.


Dr Angela Hind

The Medical Research Foundation’s Chief Executive, Dr Angela Hind, has over 30 years of researcher development and research management experience.

Angela has been supporting African researchers for over a decade, starting by providing Foundation funding for an innovative programme of BSc scholarships for young West Africans.  She has supported the development of the Africa Research Excellence Fund since its inception in 2015 and was instrumental in its recent registration as an independent Charitable Company. She has also served on the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases’ (GACD) Board of Trustees for the last two years, advising on governance, charity management and medical research funding.

Angela has been nominated to the Board by the Medical Research Foundation.


Ms Ratna Kakkar

Ratna Kakkar is an experienced business leader in the banking, financial services and wealth management industry.

She is the founder and CEO of Magellan Wealth Management and was the Head of International premium Banking at the Guaranty Trust Bank UK until 2020, where she developed and retained relationships with clients from Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. 

In her early career, Ratna was hired as HSBC’s first female management trainee in India and has worked across the world including Africa, Europe and South Asia.


Mr Richard Lackmann

Richard Lackmann has over 30 years of experience in financial and general management leadership in commercial and not-for-profit entities.

He has worked as a COO, CFO and Director/ Trustee in a number of organisations in the UK, USA and Africa, including trustee of FARM-Africa and Finance Director of the Letloa Trust/Kuru Family of Organisations. Richard is the board member responsible for finance at Magic Breakfast and the campaigning organisation 38 Degrees.

Since stepping down from full time employment as CFO of the funder Impetus in 2017, he has worked as a consultant and coach, focusing on not-for-profit organisations in finance, strategy, governance and commercialisation.

Richard has been nominated to the Board by the Medical Research Foundation.


Professor Charles Mgone 

Charles Mgone is Vice Chancellor of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University based in Tanzania and former Executive Director of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Prior to joining the EDCTP, he was the Network Director of the African Malaria Network Trust, where he coordinated the African response to the malaria burden, through accelerating the development of malaria vaccines and other interventions.

Charles serves as a trustee in his capacity as the Chair of AREF’s Strategy Board.


Ms Pauline Mullin

A communications and engagement professional, Pauline Mullin is the Deputy Director of Strategic Communications at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

She has broad experience in both the public sector and charities, formerly Head of Communications for the Medical Research Council and Partnership Communications Manager for MRC units in Africa.

Pauline has served on committees and boards for a range of organisations to provide communications and engagement advice, including the AREF strategy board, INVOLVE Public Involvement Committee, and Dementia Research Institute UK Project Board.


Dr Majdi Osman

Majdi Osman is a physician-scientist researching enteric infections, antibiotic resistance and malnutrition. He trained at University College London and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA.

Previously he was at the Department for Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization before co-founding Youth Development Labs, a non-profit organisation researching adolescent health with offices in the USA and Rwanda. He is Chief Medical Officer at OpenBiome, a non-profit research institute spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing and enabling access to therapies targeting the gut microbiome. He is the founder of the Nubia Health Centre in his native hometown of Wadi Halfa, Sudan.

Most recently he has become the Head of Health Research at the CRI Foundation supporting the launch of research training programmes in Africa and holds honorary faculty positions at the University of Cape Town and Harvard Medical School-Boston Children’s Hospital.


Mr Solomon Soquar 

Solomon Soquar has over 30 years of experience across Investment Banking and Wealth Management. He has worked with a number of major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Barclays. His most recent role has been as CEO of Barclays Investments Solutions Limited at Barclays.

Born and raised in Eritrea, Solomon moved to the UK at the age of 16 where he completed his secondary education before going on to Oxford University. He holds BA/MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and M.Phil in Economics from Balliol College, Oxford. Throughout his stay in the UK, Solomon has maintained his keen interest and engagement in Africa.