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Professor Deirdre Hollingsworth, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at NDM’s Big Data Institute and Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, has been named one of this year’s 50 Leading Lights for Kindness & Leadership in the UK. This campaign highlights the leaders who are impacting others through kindness.

The Kindness & Leadership, 50 Leading Lights UK campaign aims to radically challenge the global leadership conversation by placing a spotlight on leaders around the world who are using the power of kindness to make a massive impact in business and to empower change. They work towards building a new status quo, sharing advice and expertise from leaders and recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society. The list for the 2023 leaders has been released.

Prof Hollingsworth works on the development of mathematical, statistical, and computational models at the Big Data Institute, and the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health. Her research informs disease dynamics and translation to global health policy. Her significant contributions to the study of neglected tropical diseases, COVID-19, malaria, and HIV/AIDS, are noteworthy. She has focussed on developing mathematical models that can be used to predict the spread of these diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of different control strategies.

She founded and leads a neglected tropical disease modelling consortium, which has informed global policy on NTDs including co-authoring a WHO report and contributing to WHO webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on these diseases. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.