Deputy Director for Covid-19 Surveillance and Immunity, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Department of Health & Social Care
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Monika is currently the Deputy Director for Covid-19 Surveillance and Immunity at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Having volunteered for the national effort in May 2020, she is still engrossed in Covid-19 over 2 years later; yet she is really looking forward to refocus her career next year toward helping to tackle some of the really big questions affecting our society with the help of inspiring conversations with CSaP academics, and to expand her networks to capitalise on cross sector partnership working and thinking.
Prior to her current role, Monika led for government on genomics policy including delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project, sustainable policy on genetics and insurance, gene editing, regenerative medicine, and rare diseases policy. All these areas hugely benefitted from effective cross sector working with the academic community, third sector and think thanks to ensure an evidence-based policy making approach in government with a strong focus on the political, ethical, social, legal, technological and environmental implications.