Kevin Marsh is a senior advisor at the African Academy of Sciences and professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford. He qualified in medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1978 and began his research career at the Medical Research Council Unit in the Gambia. From 1985 to 1989 he was at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford and in 1989 established with colleagues a series of research projects on the clinical epidemiology and immunology of malaria at Kilifi on the Kenyan coast. These projects have subsequently developed into an international programme—the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, involving around 800 staff working across a number of countries in eastern Africa—of which he was director until August 2014.

Kevin Marsh has a particular interest in developing and strengthening research capacity and scientific leadership in Africa and has sponsored or supervised more than 40 research fellows and doctoral students, including four winners of the Royal Society Pfizer prize for research in Africa. He is currently supporting the development of a new platform for the acceleration of science in Africa through the African Academy of Sciences. He is chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Malaria Policy Advisory Committee and is a member of a number of international advisory committees relating to malaria and to global health research. He was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and was awarded the Prince Mahidol prize for medicine in 2010.