Professor Charlotte Watts is the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director for Research and Evidence in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). She provides scientific advice to the Foreign Secretary, ministers, the Permanent Under-Secretary and Executive Committee, including on COVID-19, emergencies and science policy. They also support the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer to provide scientific advice across all government departments. Charlotte has over 200 peer review academic publications, commentaries and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of Medicine. Charlotte is also a global expert in violence prevention. She was Senior Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) 10 country population surveys on women’s health and domestic violence. Charlotte founded the Gender, Violence and Health Centre at LSHTM. She also chaired the Technical Working Group to assess the global burden of intimate violence and was lead editor of the 2014 Lancet Series on Violence Against Women and Health.