Alumna Francisca Mutapi (1993) has joined the newest class of 20 global visionaries, sharing their big ideas throughout the events planned for 2021. She works at the University of Edinburgh as Global Health Professor. 

From the official announcement

NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 23, 2021—Epidemiologist Francisca Mutapi has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 remarkable individuals who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world.  Prof Francisca Mutapi was selected for her work on neglected tropical diseases focussing on locally-led solutions to eliminate these diseases to empower affected communities to thrive and achieve the global development goals. 

“It is time we ended the neglect of these diseases which are unnecessary as they are easily preventable” said Francisca Mutapi, “The TED Fellowship program presents an opportunity to reach a wider audience and harness more original and innovative ways to accelerate progresses towards their elimination.” 

“We’re incredibly proud to introduce the newest cohort of TED Fellows,” said program director Shoham Arad, “The TED Fellows Program has never felt more relevant and more necessary. And for me personally, I’ve never felt more grateful to be part of an organization that’s specifically dedicated to finding the people doing the good work in the world and supporting them in their mission.”

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program now has 512 Fellows from 100 countries. In its twelve-year history, the TED Fellows program has built a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and interdisciplinary collaborators.


About the TED Fellows program

The TED Fellows Program recognizes people at work on world-changing ideas, offering them tools to amplify the power of their vision. Each year, a new group of Fellows from around the world, and from every discipline, are welcomed into this incredible international community of remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, and the potential to create positive change in their respective fields.