About the ISNTD


The ISNTD is an independent organisation providing a multidisciplinary global platform to an international network of individuals working in the fields of Neglected Tropical Diseases, diseases of poverty and global development.  

The aim of the ISNTD is to focus on and highlight the research and programmes of colleagues and organisations worldwide, to ultimately have an impact on the health and prosperity of the world's poorest and most vulnerable, while sharing the goal of reaching sustainable healthcare provision & poverty reduction in the developing world. 


The ISNTD believes that this goal cannot be achieved without strengthening the ties between all the parties already involved in NTD alleviation and addressing the socio-ecological and socio-political context of NTDs, in order to achieve not only the cure but also the prevention of NTDs with true and sustainable local leadership.


As a result, the ISNTD has developed a vibrant, proactive and international Membership base and facilitates the development of concrete partnerships throughout its network and activities.

In this ethos, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases aims to:

• generate awareness & critical debate in endemic and non-endemic countries of NTDs

• increase the exposure of researchers, charities and organisations that make up the backbone of field work and outreach to the affected countries

• draw attention and interest to the various global research programmes and institutions in order to increase funding and practical assistance

• address each aspect of NTDs in a comprehensive, holistic and multidisciplinary manner by driving the interconnect between organisations and disciplines

• promote a OneHealth approach through the integration of human and animal health to preserve the advances in healthcare

Conferences & partnerships


The ISNTD is commited to fostering strong bonds and concrete partnerships between organisations to generate significant advancements in NTD control. 

This is achieved by offering a series focused conferences throughout the year where dialogue, interconnect and the drive for new partnerships are key.


The ISNTD is also grounded on a diverse and far-reaching members base, actively engaged in the Society's work through the dynamic Research Hub where members are able to develop and maintain these relationships and increase the exposure of their research and organisation. 


Meet The Team

Marianne Comparet

Co-Founder & Director


tel: +44 7568 370 523


Marianne Comparet is currently Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, based in London. She has an academic background in Development Economics, and has previously worked with the World Trade Institute in Bern, the emerging markets division of Citibank and at JP Morgan before joining The Economist Newspaper as Economist & Statistician. She has lived in Jakarta, Paris and London.
Kamran Rafiq

Co-Founder & Communications Director


tel: +44 7392 072 010


Kamran has an academic background in Pharmacology & Toxicology as well as Neuroscience. He has worked as a research scientist at Schering-Plough Research Center in Milan, Italy, working on neuropeptides and novel mechanisms of pain transmission and Parkinson’s Disease modelling. Upon returning to the UK he worked for Reuters Business Insights setting up their drug discovery intelligence unit, and then as Sales Director for Datamonitor being an integral part of the acquisition and subsequent integration of the Life Science Analytics company and then as Managing Director at Global Data overseeing both Pharma/Biotech and Medical Device Diagnostics market teams. Kamran is now cofounder and Communications Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and is passionate about combining his experience and knowledge of the health sector with creative approaches to tackle some of the most challenging issues in public health and patient engagement. 

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