Professor Virginia Murray is a public health doctor committed to improving health emergency and disaster risk management. She was appointed as Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for UK Health Security Agency in 2014. She is a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee and co-chair of IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA) and is currently the Chair of the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Classification and Review Technical Working Group. She is a member of CODATA Executive Committee. She is also chair of the WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Network one of the editors of the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health and Disaster Risk. Virginia currently serves as a member of the External Advisor Board of MYRIAD-EU.