Vanessa became an AMR and One Health advocate after surviving a serious car accident and multidrug-resistant MRSA infection. She is a patient advisor to several organisations including CIDRAP and the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on AMR (STAG-AMR) as well as a civil society champion at the Africa CDC. She has won awards for her advocacy from the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FINDdx) and Antibiotic Guardian (UK) and further completed an e-Patient Scholarship at Stanford University Medicine X in the USA. She provides consulting services in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) research such as with the ASPIRES collaborative (Antibiotic use across Surgical Pathways – Investigating, Redesigning and Evaluating Systems). With a professional background in marketing and design, Vanessa has also lectured on various topics including infodemic management in relation to AMR after completing training by the WHO in 2020 as well as effective health communication for patient empowerment. More recently, she was appointed a lay member of the UK’s APRHAI Committee (Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infection). With her background in design, she has a special interest in human-centered innovation. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, she now resides in Devon in the UK.