International Advisory Committee

The following people are members of the International Advisory Committee for the 4th International One Health Congress & 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health

Dr Theresa Bernardo

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The Honorable Dr Ilaria Capua


Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD trained as a veterinarian and has worked ever since graduation as a virologist. She currently sits in Italy’s Parliament since the general elections of February 2013. Until then she was Director of the Division of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnaro, (Padova, Italy) which hosts the National OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease, the OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal interface and the FAO Reference Center for Rabies. Her group of 70 staff provides diagnostic assistance at a national and international level and is involved in cutting edge research on influenza viruses and viral zoonoses. Her group collaborates with major research institutes worldwide and has developed international collaborative projects aiming at capitalising on investments for capacity building in developing countries.

She has authored over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and has published scientific books on Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease and books on careers in science for the general public. She is active in the field of science communication and in promoting female leadership in the scientific arena.

She has been coordinator or partner in several EU funded projects (FP5, FP6, FP7), has coordinated the EFSA FLURISK project, and obtained funding for twinning and trianing/research projects from OIE and FAO.

In 2006, she ignited an international debate on the sharing of genetic information on panzootic H5N1 strains across disciplines. Her advocacy of increased openness was endorsed by OIE, FAO and WHO, and resulted in resolutions towards a greater transparency to achieve improved collaboration between public and animal health in the face of a pandemic threat. In 2007 Ilaria Capua was among the awardees of the Scientific American 50 award for leadership in science policy, and in 2008 she was included among Seed’s Revolutionary Minds series, for her leadership in promoting sharing of information at an international level. Other international awards include the Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award in 2011, and the Gordon Memorial Medal in 2012.

In 2014 she was the recipient of the ESCMID Excellence Award for clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr Dennis Carroll


Dr Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Security and Development Unit.  In this position Dr Carroll is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Agency’s programs addressing new and emerging disease threats and promotion of One Health strategies across the Agency.  

In a career that includes positions at both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USAID Dr Carroll has been directly involved in the development and introduction of a range of new technologies and strategies for disease prevention and control.  He currently oversees USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program.

 Dr Carroll has received awards from both CDC and USAID, including the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria and avian influenza, the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the Agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program, and the 2015 Agency Distinguished Honor Award.

Dr Rita R. Colwell

RColwell2010_CreditUMCommunicationsOfficeDr. Rita R. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairman and Chief Science Officer, CosmosID, Inc.  Her interests are focused on genomics, biodiversity, and molecular microbial systematics and ecology.  Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, Australia, France, Israel, Bangladesh, India and the U.S. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004.  She has authored/co-authored 19 books and over 700 scientific publications.  She is a member of the National Academy of Science and has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan, and the US National Medal of Science.

Dr Peter Daszak

Peter Daszak (2)_smallDr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the impact of emerging diseases across the globe. His achievements include identifying the bat origin of SARS, identifying the underlying drivers of Nipah and Hendra virus emergence, producing the first ever global emerging disease ‘hotspots’ map, identifying the first case of a species extinction due to disease, coining the term ‘pathogen pollution’, and discovering the disease chytridiomycosis as the cause global amphibian declines.

Prof Andrew Dobson

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Dr Ruth Garside

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Dr George Gao

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Dr Maya Gislason

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Dr Chris Golden

Harvard University, USA

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Dr Delia Grace

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Prof David Heymann

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David L. Heymann is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Chairman of Public Health England, UK.  Previously he was the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, and Representative of the Director-General for polio eradication.  From 1998 to 2003 he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster during which he headed the global response to SARS.  Before joining WHO, Prof Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where, as well as supporting ministries of health in research, he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. Prior to joining CDC, Prof Heymann worked in India for two years in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (United States) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom), and has been awarded several public health awards. In 2009 Prof Heymann was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.

Prof Edward C. Holmes FAA


Edward (Eddie) Holmes is an NHMRC Australia Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, with Professorial appointments in the School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Medical School. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Eddie was the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Eddie received his undergraduate degree from the University of London (1986) and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1990). Between 1993-2004 he held various positions at the University of Oxford, including University Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Fellow of New College, before moving to Penn State. His research focuses on the emergence, evolution and spread of RNA viruses, with special emphasis on revealing the genetic and epidemiological processes that underpin viral emergence, the molecular epidemiology of important human pathogens, and the major mechanisms of virus evolution. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Dr Nick Juleff


Nick is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for implementing the foundation’s strategy in animal health. These efforts include vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for livestock diseases that have a major impact in developing countries. Prior to joining the foundation, Nick was a Wellcome Trust Fellow with a focus on veterinary virology. He has held various roles in clinical development and regulatory affairs for veterinary drugs and vaccines. Nick holds a degree in veterinary medicine and earned his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Laura H. Kahn


Dr. Laura H. Kahn is a physician and research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. In April 2006, she published Confronting Zoonoses, Linking Human and Veterinary Medicine in Emerging Infectious Diseases, which helped launch the One Health Initiative ( She is the author of “Who’s in Charge? Leadership during epidemics, bioterror attacks, and other public health crises” published in 2009 by Praeger Security International. She writes columns for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and will publish in spring 2016, “Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antibiotic Resistance: A One Health Analysis,” with Johns Hopkins University Press.

In 2010, the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) awarded her with an honorary diploma for her work in One Health. In 2014, she received a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service from the American Association of Public Health Physicians.


Dr Jonna Mazet


Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, most notably in relation to disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers of disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013 in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.   

Prof Albert Osterhaus

Hannover University, Germany

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Dr Margot Parkes

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Dr Joshua Rosenthal

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Prof Mark Marini Rweyemamu

Mark Rweyemamu

Mark Rweyemamu is a veterinarian and specialist in infectious diseases. He has worked and published on the major infectious diseases of animals, such as rinderpest and foot and mouth disease, that constrain food security. He has worked in home country, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, Italy and UK. His current research interests focus on the application of One Health approaches to studying infectious diseases in the endemic settings of Africa.

 He was, from 1992 to 2001, Head of the FAO Infectious Diseases Group and inaugural Head of the FAO Special Programme, EMPRES, Rome, whose prime thrust was the coordination of global rinderpest eradication. Previously, he had set up the FAO/AU Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre and had been Virologist and Chief Veterinary Research Officer for Tanzania, Head of the Virus Diseases at the then East African Veterinary Research Organisation, Muguga, Kenya, Head of Wellcome FMD Vaccine Research Pirbright, UK and Pfizer International, Director of Veterinary Vaccine Research respectively based in  Brazil.

 He has worked in government, industry and academia. He has consulted widely for national governments and international organisations.  He was a member of the EFSA Working Group on assessing the risk of Foot and Mouth Disease introduction into the EU from developing countries, and The Foresight study on Infectious Diseases – Preparing for the Future.  He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Pirbright Institute, UK;  a Board Member GALVmed, a public-private partnership that focuses on supporting the development of biologicals and therapeutics for orphan diseases in developing countries and a Member of the Executive Board of CORDS for 2012/3, a one health focused global network that connects organizations for regional disease surveillance. Mark is a member of the One Health Platform International Supervisory Board.

He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals

Dr Jørgen Schlundt

J_Schlundt_IAC PhotoJørgen Schlundt – Professor, Nanyang Technological University

JS has a Ph.D. from Veterinary University, Copenhagen. He has worked nationally on food safety 1983-99, including 3 years in Zimbabwe. From 1999-2010 he was Director Department Food Safety and Zoonoses, WHO. 2011-14 Director National Food Institute in Denmark. JS has participated in international development of food safety Risk analysis and has overseen the creation of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and the initiation of the first-ever estimation of the global burden of foodborne diseases. JS chairs Global Microbial Identifier, an international initiative suggesting a global database of DNA-sequences of all microorganisms.

Dr Hung Nguyen-Viet

Hung Nguyen-Viet_smallHung Nguyen-Viet holds a PhD in Life and Environmental Sciences in 2005. His research focuses on the link between health and agriculture, food safety, infectious and zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on the use of integrative approaches (One Health and Ecohealth). He co-founded and led the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research at the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) until 2013 where he coordinates the Ecohealth Field Building Leadership Initiative in Southeast Asia. He is currently the scientist and country representative for Vietnam at the International Livestock Institute (ILRI) and holds a joint appointment with the Swiss TPH and HSPH

Prof Linfa Wang


Prof Linfa Wang is the director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS, Singapore, and an honourable professor at the University of Melbourne and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is an international leader in the field of emerging zoonotic viruses and virus-host interaction, specialising in bat-borne viruses. He is a member of the WHO SARS Scientific Research Advisory Committee, and played a key role in identification of bats as the natural host of SARS-like viruses. Prof. Wang has more than 300 scientific publications, including papers in Science and Nature and other high impact journals. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the open access Virology Journal. Prof. Wang is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Prof Jakob Zinsstag

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