Helen Jamet is a medical entomologist with more than 20 years of experience in malaria prevention, research, and vector control product development.
Helen joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November 2018 as deputy director, Vector Control for the Malaria team after 11 ½ years in industry. Helen worked at Vestergaard from 2007 to 2018, where she finished as the global head of Research & Market Access. In this role, she was responsible for defining the pathway to bring new products to market, as well as developing and maintaining a healthy new product pipeline. Helen has also worked on the first next-generation long lasting insecticidal bed net since 2007.
Prior to joining Vestergaard, Helen was a consultant medical entomologist working for American Biophysics Corporation, based in Tanzania, East Africa where she built a research station and evaluated mosquito traps being developed for the African market. During that time, Helen initiated and ran a field training course for East African entomologists designed to encourage young scientists to enter into the field of entomology. She has also served as a research fellow for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where she worked on methods of personal protection against mosquitoes for a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Helen holds a Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and a Master of Science in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Biology from the University of Leeds in the UK. Helen is a fellow of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and the Royal Entomological Society and has been an active member of industry groups, including the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee.