Michael Cheetham

Michael Cheetham works on building research capacity in low- and middle-income countries. He manages World RePORT, an open-access, interactive mapping database highlighting biomedical research investments from some of the world’s largest funding organizations. He also leads on developing innovation hubs supporting scientist entrepreneurs, developing networks to bring affordable devices and diagnostics to market in LMICs.

Michael joined the Fogarty International Center from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at NIH where he worked in the office of the director providing expertise on international scientific engagement, strategic planning, and developing new mechanisms to engage external partners. There he launched the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on developing a generic platform for smartphone-based diagnostics, and served as editor for the Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI) roadmap report.

Prior to joining NIBIB Cheetham worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the Associate Director for International Research Collaborations and the Director of the International Science and Technology Partnership program. The focus of his efforts was on creating mutually beneficial international research collaborations, facilitating technology commercialization, and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in STEM areas. While at AAAS Cheetham also served as the head of the US office for the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and headed the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund, a $30 million applied R&D and technology commercialization portfolio.

Cheetham has over twenty years experience building and managing international partnerships in science and technology, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Prior to AAAS, he worked at the Smithsonian Institution, The National Academies, the Institute for International Education, and the Atlantic Council of the United States.