Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
Professor Murray is public health doctor committed to improving health emergency and disaster risk management as well as data access and transparency for effective reporting. Virginia was appointed as Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction (GDRR) for UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) in April 2014 and from 2020 has been working additionally as a UKHSA Senior Public Health Advisor for COVID-19. She is a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee and Co-Chair of IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA). With support of IRDR, she is currently the Chair of the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Classification and Review Technical Working Group, and the report was published in July 2020 with Hazard Information Profiles: Supplement to UNDRR-ISC Hazard Definition & Classification Review - Technical Report published in October 2021. Virginia is a co-chair of the WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Network, and by working in collaboration with this network, she is one of the editors of the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health and Disaster Risk Management, published in October 2021. She is currently a member of CODATA Executive Committee and of UNSDSN TReNDS network. She is a visiting/honorary Professor and fellow at several universities.
Professor Virginia Murray, taken at the High-level Political Forum, United Nations, New York July 2019