Dr Ruth Bird joined the WorldWide Antimalarial Research Network (WWARN), now part of IDDO, in June 2011. As the Head of Operations and Development, she oversees the financial, legal, personnel and administrative communications aspects of IDDO/WWARN. She completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Bath University and a PhD in Molecular Pathology at University College London, UK. Ruth has over six years’ experience working for major UK funders and has worked for both the Wellcome Trust as a Science Portfolio Adviser and at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), part of the UK government. Before joining WWARN, Ruth also worked for Oxford University and was the Senior Research Administrator for the Mahidol Oxford Research Programme based in Thailand.