Professor Marcel Tanner is former director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Switzerland and professor of epidemiology and medical parasitology at the University of Basel. He has devoted his life to develop new drugs and vaccines to eradicate malaria and other poverty-related diseases and finding new solutions to strengthen health systems in Africa and the Pacific region. He is a chair of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), INCLEN Trust, the INDEPTH network and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of FIND and is a member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) of WHO as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore. Marcel Tanner was key in building up research and implementation institutions in Africa, namely the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania and the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifiques (CSRS) in Côte d’Ivoire. Prof. Tanner is also the current President of the Swiss National Academy of Sciences.