Plenary & Invited Speakers

The Organising Committee of One Health and EcoHealth 2016 are pleased to announce the following Plenary and Invited Speakers:


Dr Awa Aidara-Kane

Dr Aidara-Kane _Photo_smallCoordinator of Foodborne and Zoonotic Diseases Unit, Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Coordinator of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (WHO-AGISAR)

Dr Awa Aidara-Kane  holds a MSc in Food Technology and a PhD in Microbiology from University of Technology of Compiegne, France. She has been associate Professor of Bacteriology and Virology in Senegal, Head of the Laboratory of Research in  Bacteriology and Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Food Hygiene and Environment. Her area of research was characterization of virulence factors and antimicrobial resistance determinants in enteric and foodborne pathogens. She joined the World Health Organization in 2002 ; she is involved in laboratory capacity strengthening activities of the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) and is  leading  WHO  activities on containment of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at the human-animal interface. She is coordinator of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) and is the WHO focal point for FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite activities on Antimicrobial Resistance. She is leading WHO  “One Health” work stream for the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance


Dr Bruce Aylward

Dr Aylward is Assistant Director-General at the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016, he led the extensive reform of WHO’s work in outbreaks and emergencies, culminating in a new Health Emergencies Programme. From 2014-2016 he was Special Representative of the Director-General for the Ebola Response and technical lead for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). From 2011-2016, Dr Aylward also led WHO’s work in humanitarian emergencies, comprehensively restructuring that programme and establishing the Emergency Response Framework that governs WHO’s response operations. Dr Aylward joined WHO in 1992, working in immunization, communicable diseases and polio eradication at field level. From 1998-2014, he led the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and its scale-up to operate in every affected country and reduce endemic countries to just two. A Canadian physician and epidemiologist, Dr Aylward has authored over 100 articles and book chapters. He trained in Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Prof Chris Baggoley

chris-baggoley-photo_smallProf Chris Baggoley is the former Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government who provides advice and support to Ministers and the Department across the full range of health issues confronting the Australian community. .

Prof Baggoley was the Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He was a former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director with the South Australian Department of Health. Other medical positions include Professor-Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Censor-In-Chief and President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges; and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies.

In addition to his medical degrees, Prof Baggoley holds an Honours degree in Veterinary Science from Melbourne University, a degree in Social Administration, FUSA, and has been awarded the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

Prof Gabriele Bammer

gabriele-bammer_smallGabriele Bammer is a professor in the Research School of Population Health at The Australian National University. She is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) to improve research strengths for tackling complex real-world problems through synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, understanding and managing diverse unknowns and providing integrated research support for policy and practice change (see and She looks at applications in population health, environment and security. She held a visiting appointment at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001-14). She co-convenes (with Michael Smithson) an edX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Ignorance!’ (

Dr Christopher Broder

chris-broder-photo_smallChristopher C. Broder received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Florida Tech and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida (89’). He joined the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID (89’) studying HIV cell entry, and joined the Department of Microbiology, Uniformed Services University in (96’) where he is Professor and Director of the EID Graduate Program. Current research focuses on zoonotic viruses including Nipah, Hendra, Ebola, Marburg and bat lyssavirus. Major contributions include the discoveries of the CXCR4 and the CCR5 HIV-1 coreceptors; and the entry receptors for Nipah and Hendra; development of the Hendra/Nipah soluble G protein subunit vaccine and therapeutic antiviral human monoclonal antibodies.  He has coauthored 160 publications with more than 16,800 citations.

Dr Christianne Bruschke

photo-christianne-bruschke_smallChristianne Bruschke graduated in 1991 as veterinarian and started working in a mixed private practice in the north of the Netherlands. In 1993 she joined the Virology department of the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad where she did a PhD on pestivirology and was heading the laboratory for bovine virology from 1994 on. After the classical swine fever outbreak in the Netherlands she was seconded for a year to the Inspection Service for Livestock and Meat to support the updating of the Dutch contingency plans. A year later she returned to Lelystad as head of the unit Notifiable Diseases and 2 years later she became director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. In 2005 joined the Ministry of Agriculture and was seconded to the OIE where she led the global Avian Influenza Programme. In 2008 she returned to The Hague as deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and since 2010 she is the Chief Veterinary Officer of The Netherlands. She is the primary adviser to the Minister of Agriculture on all veterinary and veterinary public health issues.

The Honorable Dr Ilaria Capua

ILARIA CAPUA's photo_smallIlaria 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

dennis-carroll-photo_small_croppedDr Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats 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.   Previously, Dr. Carroll was the Agency’s Senior Infectious Diseases advisor, responsible for overseeing the Agency’s programs in malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance, as well as neglected and emerging infectious diseases.  

Dr Carroll has a doctorate in biomedical research with a special focus in tropical infectious diseases from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He was a Research Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he studied the molecular mechanics of viral infection. 

Dr Noel Chambers

noel-chambers-photo_smallDr Noel Chambers was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation in April 2013. Noel has a PhD in pharmacology/medicinal chemistry from the University of Sydney. His work experience includes positions in research, research translation, commercialisation, start-up companies, biotechnology and philanthropy.

In the early 90’s his patented discoveries in type II diabetes led to a commercial partnership where he lead a team of researchers at the University of Sydney and for which he was presented the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Biota Award for Medicinal Chemistry. Noel then moved into industry where he held senior management positions in research and business development before becoming the CEO of a number of listed (ASX) and unlisted biotechnology/health related companies.

In 2009, Noel’s attention turned to philanthropy where he led the establishment of Research Australia’s successful philanthropy program as the Director of Philanthropy. He was a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Council for Intellectual Property (ACIP) from 2009-2014, advising the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and was Chair of the ACIP review into collaborations between Publicly Funded Research Organisations and Industry. The Minister released this report in late 2012.

Dr Dominique Charron

dominique-charron-photo_smallAs Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program, Dominique Charron oversees research that seeks innovative, evidence-based solutions to help people face the world’s toughest development and environmental challenges: poor agricultural productivity; food insecurity and malnutrition; chronic and infectious diseases; and, risks to lives and livelihoods from a changing climate. In this role, she pursues IDRC’s tradition of research excellence, the active involvement of stakeholders in the research process, including affected communities, and the integration of research outcomes into policy decisions that help improve the lives of all members of society.

Dr Charron joined IDRC in 2006 as Program Leader of the Ecosystems and Human Health program. Previously, Dr Charron developed and managed research programs on climate change and infectious diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has conducted research in Canada, including in the Arctic, and in the Caribbean. Dr Charron has taught epidemiology and ecosystem health at the graduate and undergraduate levels at several Canadian universities. She holds a PhD in epidemiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.

Prof Sarah Cleaveland

Sarah Cleaveland Photograph_smallProf. Sarah Cleaveland is a veterinary epidemiologist based at the University of Glasgow, U.K, who leads an inter-disciplinary research programme in Africa investigating zoonotic and livestock diseases, including rabies, leptospirosis, brucellosis, foot-and-mouth disease and Rift Valley Fever. Her research has provided insights into the burden, epidemiology, control and elimination of these diseases. Prof. Cleaveland is involved in several graduate training programmes and capacity-strengthening initiatives with African partner institutions.

Prof. Cleaveland is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases, and is a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control.  In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary epidemiology and in 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. 

Prof Martin Cole

martin-cole-smallProfessor Martin Cole is an internationally recognized food scientist and accomplished science leader with over 25 years’ experience in research management across government, academia and industry. Professor Cole is currently Deputy Director of CSIRO Agriculture and Food.  Prior to this, Prof Cole was Director of CSIRO Food and Nutrition. Professor Cole joined CSIRO as Chief of Food and Nutritional Sciences in January 2010 and was appointed as the first Chief of the division of Animal, Food and Health Sciences in July 2012.

His previous position was Director of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), a highly successful and growing research consortium between the US Food and Drug Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology and over 30 global food companies.

He has published and presented over 160 papers on many aspects of food science including food safety, food trends and innovation, novel processing and nutrition. He has over 15 years’ experience with the CODEX Food Hygiene Committee and has frequently been called upon as an expert by organizations such the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the US House of Representatives. 

Prof Cole has held a number of important positions professionally and is currently the Chair of the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF) and a Director with FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand).  The ICMSF is an award winning non-government organization (NGO) that has a long history of outstanding and timely contributions to the global management of food safety issues; FSANZ is a bi-national Government agency that develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods.

Professor Cole is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Adjunct Professor at the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania and an IFT Certified Food Scientist (CFS). Throughout his career, Prof Cole has received numerous awards for his contribution to food science including election as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IaFoST).

Prof Peter Collignon

peter-collignon-photo_smallProfessor Collignon is an Infectious Diseases physician and microbiologist at the Canberra Hospital. He is currently Executive Director of ACT Pathology. He is also a Professor at the Australian National University Medical School. He is active in many public health advocacy issues. Particular interests are antibiotic resistance, infection control and hospital acquired infections. His research is widely published and referenced in many Australian and International journals. More than 100 of his papers have been cited over 10 times each. He is member of many national and international committees including as an expert to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the issue of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in food animals. In June 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Medicine in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Infection Control.

Prof Rita Colwell

RColwell2010_CreditUMCommunicationsOffice_smallDr. 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. His research focuses on the origins of emerging diseases, and on strategies to reduce the risk of new EIDs and benefit conservation. Dr Daszak is Editor-in-Chief of EcoHealth, a member of the editorial board of One Health, and is a member of the IOM’s Forum on Microbial Threats, the NRC Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program, and the Supervisory Board of the One Health Platform. He has authored over 300 scientific papers.

Prof Steven Djordjevic

steven-d-photo-larger_smallSteven P. Djordjevic is Professor of Infectious Diseases in the ithree Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a member of the Governing Board and Scientific Management Committee of AUSGEM, the Australian Centre for Genomic Epidemiological Microbiology. AUSGEM seeks to generate and utilise pathogen genome sequence data to better manage the risks posed by pests and infectious diseases to humans, livestock and plants. My research has a focus on understanding how antibiotic resistance genes assemble on mobile elements (plasmids and genomic islands) and how the elements traffic through pathogen and commensal bacteria that inhabit humans, intensively raised food animals, companion animals, and aquatic and terrestrial  environments more broadly.

Prof Andrew Dobson

Andy Dobson Photo_smallAndy Dobson has been at the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton for 25 years; he is also external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and A.D White Visiting Professor at Cornell University.  His work focuses on the population dynamics of parasites and pathogens in Serengeti, Yellowstone, the coast of California, the Canadian Arctic, and the back yards of New England. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America.  He has over 200 published papers and books, some of which he remembers writing!

Prof Kristie Ebi

Photo_smallKristie L. Ebi is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. She conducts research and practice on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.

Dr Jonathan Epstein

jon-epstein-photo_smallDr. Jonathan Epstein is a veterinary epidemiologist and Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO based in New York City. His research activities are focused on the ecology of emerging zoonotic viruses such as Nipah virus, Ebola virus, SARS coronavirus, and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. He directs EcoHealth Alliance’s field and laboratory surveillance activities in several countries in Asia and West Africa under USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats: PREDICT program – a global effort to enhance the detection of and response to emerging zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential. In 2004, Dr. Epstein was part of the team that discovered bats were the reservoir for SARS CoV in China and in 2012 worked with a team in Saudi Arabia to identify MERS CoV in bats and camels. Dr. Epstein has served as a technical consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats. In addition to research, he holds adjunct academic appointments at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts Medical School, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Prof Nigel French

Nigel French Photo_smallNigel is Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand, Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre ( and Executive Director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory ( He has led One Health inter-disciplinary research programmes, combining microbiology, molecular biology and modeling, in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. He holds honorary/visiting professorships at the Universities of Liverpool and Surrey in the UK and the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand.

Jason Gale


Jason Gale is a senior editor with the New York-based international media company Bloomberg News. His journalism career took a sharp turn in 2005, when his manager at Bloomberg told him he had to focus on reporting on bird flu. The move got him up close and (too) personal with the H5N1 avian flu strain in Indonesia and opened his eyes to the challenges of health security, especially where poverty, inequality and corruption frustrate health literacy, disease prevention and access to care. Since then, Jason has written award-winning stories on sanitation, diabetes, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and maternal health, and been invited to speak at medical and veterinary conferences in nine countries.



Prof George Gao

george-gao-photo_smallProfessor George F. Gao obtained his PhD (DPhil) degree from Oxford University, UK and did his postdoc work in both Oxford University and Harvard University (with a brief stay in Calgary University). His research interests include enveloped viruses and molecular immunology. His group research is mainly focusing on the enveloped virus entry and release, esp. influenza virus interspecies transmission (host jump), structure-based drug-design and structural immunology. He is also interested in virus ecology, esp. the relationship between influenza virus and migratory birds or live poultry markets and the bat-derived virus ecology and molecular biology. He has published more than 390 refereed papers, 10 books or book chapters and has applied and obtained more than 25 UK, US and Chinese patents. His research has recently expanded on public health policy and global health strategy. He led the China CDC teamin2014 (From Sep. to Nov.) to work in Sierra Leone for fighting against Ebola and his heroic role there has made a great deal for the field work. Gao is a member (academician) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, a fellow of The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS, also known as The World Academy of Sciences), a fellow of American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) and an associate member of EMBO. Gao is a recipient of several international and national awards, including TWAS Medical Prize (2012), Nikkei Asian Prize (2014) and HLHL S&T Advancement Award (2015).

Prof Anna George

Anna George is an adjunct professor attached to the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University and also an associate fellow at Chatham House, Centre on Global Health Security.  Prior to taking up these positions Anna was a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Positions held included working on policy related to disarmament, trade and social development agendas and held overseas postings as a multilateral negotiator and ambassador.  She contributes to public policy agendas including on the governance and regulatory obligations linked to Free Trade Agreements and implications for global health security, particularly the international trade-related aspects of antimicrobial resistance.


Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Portraits for Global Change Institute(Global Change Institute, University of Queensland)

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (BScHons., Sydney; PhD., UCLA) is the inaugural Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute (GCI) in Brisbane. The GCI focuses on the serious challenges that face humanity with respect to healthy oceans, food security, clean energy and sustainable water. Prof Hoegh-Guldberg leads an active research group interested in the biology of coral reefs, particularly the impacts of climate change. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy, coordinating lead author of the IPCC, and has been recognised by a Eureka Prize in 1999, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Climate Change Award in 2014, and a Banksia Award in 2016.

Dr Delia Grace

International Livestock Research Institute

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Dr Josephine Gwynn

josephine-gwynn-photo_smallDr Gwynn is a lecturer at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences, a post doc research fellow at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity domain at the Charles Perkins Centre. Josephine has lived and/or worked in remote and rural areas for over 27 years. She facilitated community led services for Aboriginal people with disabilities in remote East Arnhemland, and for the past 15 years has been conducting programs of research in the public health domain in partnership with Aboriginal communities. This work has focused on: nutrition, physical activity and related determinants; Aboriginal community governance of research; models of Aboriginal community delivered health promotion; and the capacity building of Aboriginal researchers, project officers and community members.

Dr Mario Herrero

CSIRO, Australia

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Prof Edward C. Holmes FAA

photo_smallEdward (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 William Karesh

WBK portrait_smallDr. William Karesh is the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy for EcoHealth Alliance. He is also the President of the OIE Working Group on Wildlife and chairs the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group, a network of hundreds of wildlife and health experts around the world. He serves as the inter-project liaison for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT-2 program and is a member of the World Health Organizations IHR Roster of Experts. In 2003, he coined the term “One Health” to describe the interdependence of healthy ecosystems, animals and people. He has personally lead programs and projects in over 45 countries, and has published over one hundred and sixty scientific papers and numerous book chapters, as well as writing for broader audience publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Huffington Post.

Prof Gary Kobinger

gary-kobinger_smallGary Kobinger obtained his Ph.D. with honors from the University of Montreal in 1998 before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In March 2005, Gary was recruited by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada where he is the chief of the Special Pathogens Program and has an adjunct professor appointment at the University of Manitoba. Gary was granted several awards including the 2010 Research Merit Award from Public Health Canada. He currently holds funding from several agencies and has been elected by WHO to serve as co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases Detection, Diagnostics, Reference and Research and to co-chair the Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Global Network for Outbreak Response and Readiness.

Ms Katherine Littler

katherine-littler-photo_smallKatherine Littler is a senior policy adviser at Wellcome, with a background in medical law and ethics. Since joining the Trust in 2005 she has provided strategic advice on regulatory, governance and ethical issues. She currently leads a programme of policy work focusing on research ethics, global governance and epidemic preparedness. Particular areas of strategic focus include: data sharing, data access and governance; biobanking, bioresources and cohort studies; ethics in epidemic; genomics and gene technologies and clinical trial reform. Katherine sits on several oversight bodies, as well as being the chair of the GLOPID-R data sharing working group.

Prof Wanda Markotter

wanda-markotter-photo_smallProf. Wanda Markotter is the Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Department of Medical Virology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria. She is also occupying a DST-NRF South African Research Chair in “Infectious Diseases of Animals (Zoonoses)”. She has an established research programme specifically focusing on disease ecology of zoonotic pathogens associated with bats and other small mammals.

Mr Jerry Martin

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Prof Jonna Mazet

Jonna Mazet Photo_smallJonna 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.

Dr Purvi Mehta

purvi-mehta-image_smallDr Purvi Mehta is the Deputy Director- Asia of the Ag. Development team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has her formal education, upto PhD, from M.S. University, India, Tokyo University, Japan and North Carolina State University- USA.

 Dr. Mehta has worked with the CGIAR, as head of Asia of the International Livestock Research Institute and also as head of South Asia Biosafety program (IFPRI, USAID), and brings a blend of Asia and Africa experince. Dr. Mehta is on board of several organisations, including, International Alliance for Ecology and Health-Canada, International Centre for Rural Agriculture-Netherlands, Indian Council for Food and Agriculture etc.

Dr. Mehta  has two books and over 48 publications to her credit.

Prof Samuel Myers

samuel-myers-photo_smallSamuel Myers, MD, MPH is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. Sam’s current work spans several areas of planetary health research including the human health impacts of 1) rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere; 2) fisheries declines globally; 3) biomass burning in SE Asia; 4) pollinator declines globally; and 5) multiple types of environmental change in Madagascar. As Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam oversees a multi-institutional effort to support planetary health research, education and policy efforts around the world. (

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. 

Dr Kariuki Njenga

Kariuki_smallDr Kariuki Njenga is in the head of the One Health research program at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a part-time Research Professor at the Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA. Dr Njenga holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from the University of Nairobi, and PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a virologist with research experience in paramyxoviruses, Rift Valley fever virus, and Influenza virus.  Before his present position, he was the Laboratory Director and later head of One Health program of the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya and a Professor of virology at the University of Minnesota, USA.  His current focus is on the epidemiology of zoonotic disease in East Africa, and the establishment of One Health practices in the region.  He spearheaded the establishment of a One Health office within the government of Kenya, referred to as the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU), whose goal is enhancing collaboration between the human and animal health sectors in order to promote better prevention and control of zoonotic disease. The ZDU office and Kenya’s 5-year strategic plan for the implementation of One Health were launched on October 3rd, 2012.

Prof Scott O'Neill

scott-oneill-photo_smallProfessor Scott O’Neill leads the Eliminate Dengue Program, an international research collaboration which aims to reduce the global burden of mosquito-borne disease. His team is implementing a sustainable control method using Wolbachia to reduce the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to transmit harmful viruses including dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. The program currently operating in five countries is now expanding and undertaking efficacy trials. He has received many awards including the Centenary Medal, the Mackerras Medal and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The American Society of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has spent his academic career at The University of Illinois, Yale University, The University of Queensland and Monash University where he was Dean of Science from 2011-2016. 

Prof Ab Osterhaus

albert-osterhaus-photo_smallProfessor Osterhaus (DVM PhD) has been Head of the Department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam until July 1st 2014, is currently Professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery at Utrecht University, and Director of the Center of Infection Medicine and Zoonosis Research and Professor at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. He has a long track record as a scientific researcher and Principal Investigator of numerous major scientific projects.
At Erasmus MC, Professor Osterhaus has run a diagnostic virology lab with more than 40 staff and a research Virology lab with over 150 personnel. In Hannover and Utrecht he is currently heading two laboratories working in the field of One Health, that bring together world-leading scientists of multiple disciplines in this area.
His research program follows a novel integrated “Viroscience” concept, bringing together world-leading scientists in molecular virology, immunology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and intervention studies on human and animal virus infections.
Among the major accomplishments is the discovery of more than 50 viruses of humans and animals (e.g. in humans: influenza A H5N1 virus, human metapneumovirus, human coronaviruses, influenza viruses), elucidation of the pathogenesis of major human and animal virus infections, and development of novel intervention strategies. This has enabled health authorities like the WHO to effectively combat disease outbreaks like SARS and avian influenza. The spin-off, Viroclinics Biosciences BV, is another societally relevant success, allowing effective testing and refining of diagnostic tools and other intervention strategies.
The international recognition of Professor Osterhaus is further highlighted by his chairmanships of many international organizations, awards, prizes, guest lecture invitations, (co-)organiserships of international meetings and editorships of scientific journals.
Professor Osterhaus has acted as PhD mentor for more than 75 students and holds several key patents. He is also the author of more than 1100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, together cited more than 60,000 times, with an H index >100. Most of all, Professor Osterhaus firmly believes that scientists have a role to play in translating their knowledge for the benefit and protection of society.

Dr Dean Paini

dean-paini-photo_smallDean Paini is an ecologist who has studied a range of organisms and systems. From the impact of honeybees on native bees, to the ecology of thrips, to modelling arrival and establishment of invasive species at local, national, and global scales.

Prof Jonathan Patz

Jonathan Patz Photo_smallJonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Patz served as Health Co-chaired for the first US National Assessment on Climate Change and a lead author for the UN IPCC for 15 years. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. Last year (2015) Professor Patz received the American Public Health Association (APHA) Homer-Calver Award for Environmental Health Leadership. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and two textbooks on health and global environmental change.

Dr Anne Poelina

anne-poelina-photo_smallManaging Director of Madjulla Incorporated, Dr Poelina is a Peter Cullen Fellow, Board and Councillor with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Adjunct Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University, Northern Institute and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University Broome. Dr Poelina is a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, and Director of the Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate responsible for the integrated management of 27 000 sqkms of Nyikina and Mangala Native Title lands and waters. Her current work explores the entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous people along the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River, in relation to green collar jobs in diverse, science, culture, heritage and conservation economies.

Prof Malik Peiris

Peiris Informal_smallMalik Peiris is a clinical and public health virologist with a particular interest in emerging virus disease at the animal-human interface including influenza, coronaviruses (SARS, MERS) and others. In 2003, he played a key role in the identification of the causative agent of SARS. His current research encompasses the pathogenesis, transmission, ecology and epidemiology of human and animal (poultry, swine, wild birds) influenza viruses and the ecology and virology of MERS coronavirus. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2006. 

Prof David Raubenheimer

david-raubenheimer-photo_smallDavid Raubenheimer is a nutritional ecologist, with experience in applying ecological and evolutionary theory to the nutritional biology of animals. His work includes both laboratory and field studies, on species from insects and spiders to reptiles, fish, birds, and several mammals including dogs, cats, giant pandas, lemurs, monkeys, gorillas and orang-utans. Over the past decade he has extended his work to apply the perspectives of nutritional ecology to understand health problems developed by humans in modern environments. David obtained his PhD in Zoology at Oxford University in 1992, where he remained as Lecturer until he moved to the University of Auckland in 2002. In 2013 he took up his current position as Chair in Nutritional Ecology and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney. He is co-author of The Nature of Nutrition: a unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity (Princeton, 2012), and has published over 250 papers in scientific journals.

Dr Brad Ridoutt

brad-ridoutt-photo_smallBrad Ridoutt is a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s national science agency – The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His expertise is in life cycle sustainability assessment which is applied to agricultural production, food systems and sustainable diets. He uses this method of analysis to address strategic questions relating to climate action, global water scarcity and food security. Dr Ridoutt is also engaged in a range of national and international initiatives aimed at developing and harmonising calculation methods for sustainability assessment and standards for environmental labelling.

Dr Catherine Robinson

Cathy Robinson Photo_smallDr Robinson is a Principal Research Social Scientist at Australia’s CSIRO. Dr Robinson and her team lead a program of work that focuses on partnership design and stakeholder engagement mechanisms that enable landholders, scientists and policy makers to integrate available knowledge to assess and respond to the social risks of biosecurity responses.

Dr Cristina Romanelli

Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada

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Prof Jonathan Rushton

Jonathan Rushton Photo_smallJonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and livestock production and food systems – interests that grew from living and working on the family dairy farm. He is currently involved in global research on One Health and food systems, and has 25 years of international experience of livestock production and the control of animal diseases in South America, Africa and Asia. His principal research interests include disease impact assessment, the use of food systems analysis to understand One Health problems and the economic analysis of health interventions. Jonathan was the professor in animal health economics at the Royal Veterinary College, held the Norbrook endowed chair on veterinary business management, and was a founding member of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health. In October 2016 he will join the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool to take a professorship in the Economics of Animal Health and Food Systems. He will be a part of the N8 project ( and continue to research safe and sustainable food systems. He is also adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences of the University of New England, Australia.

Prof Jorgen Schlundt

J_Schlundt_smallJørgen Schlundt is a Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Jørgen has a DVM and Ph.D. from the Royal Veterinary University in Denmark. He has worked nationally on food safety 1983-99, including 3 years in Zimbabwe. From 1999-2010 he was Director Department for Food Safety and Zoonoses at the World Health Organization. 2011-14 Director National Food Institute in Denmark. From 2015 Professor and Director NTU Food Technology Centre. JS has participated in international development of food safety Risk analysis principles 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 also initiated international evaluations of the importance of antibiotic use in agriculture, and the creation of the WHO list of critically important antibiotics for human health. JS chairs the Global Microbial Identifier, an international initiative suggesting a global database of DNA-sequences of all microorganisms.

Prof Hester Schönfeldt

hettie-schonfeldt-photo_smallHettie Schönfeldt R Nutri (UK) (SA) PriSciNat (Fd Sci), is Professor Extraordinaire and Research Leader for the Biofortification Programme in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She is a rated scientist and a principal investigator in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. Hettie is a team member of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) which provides a yearly Agricultural Outlook (currently 2014 – 2023) on African Food Systems, with her focus particularly at the nutrition and consumer interface. She is a reviewer of nutrition programmes for the South African Department: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation of the Presidency. She serves as scientific advisor to the South African National Department of Health, which includes tasks such as the development of policies, advisory panels and Codex. She serves as scientific advisor to AFROFOODS, a network on the African continent, training 134 individual participants from 24 different African countries forming part of IUNS/UNU/FAO INFOODS Task Force. Hettie was chief rapporteur of the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Protein Requirements for human health. She also formed part of the Evaluation Team that considered FAO’s work in Nutrition worldwide.

Dr Gavin Smith

gavin-smith_smallDr. Gavin Smith is an Associate Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health with appointments at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. Dr. Smith’s primary training was in ecology and evolution at The University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD from The University of Hong Kong, where he also undertook his post-doctoral training in the Department of Microbiology. Dr. Smith research program primarily investigates the ecology and evolution of zoonotic viruses and the molecular epidemiology of human respiratory pathogens.

Mrs Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching, JP

cherry-tse-photo_smallMrs. Cherry Tse was appointed Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food) on 19 January 2015. She is responsible for food safety, food supply, environmental hygiene, and agricultural and fisheries development.

Mrs. Tse joined the Hong Kong Government’s Administrative Service in 1984 and has worked in various bureaux and departments covering areas such as broadcasting and housing policy, public finance, preparation for Hong Kong’s reunification with Mainland China, international trade negotiations, poverty-related issues and constitutional development. She was Commissioner for Labour from July 2007 to November 2010 and Permanent Secretary for Education from December 2010 to January 2015.

Mrs. Tse graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Degree in 1984. She attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was awarded a Master of Public Administration Degree. She was also granted the Littauer Fellow Award. Later, she completed, on a part-time basis, a Master of Education (Educational Psychology) programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and was placed on the Dean’s List.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

maria-van-kerkhove_smallDr Maria Van Kerkhove is the Head of the Outbreak Investigation Task Force at Institut Pasteur’s Center for Global Health and is responsible for coordinating Institut Pasteur’s global actions on Zika.  She is an infectious disease epidemiologist with strong field experience in infectious disease outbreaks and epidemiologic investigations. Her main research interests include zoonotic, respiratory and emerging/re-emerging viruses such as avian influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola, Marburg and Zika. Dr Van Kerkhove is particularly interested in investigating factors associated with transmission between animals and humans, studying the epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens, and ensuring research on infectious diseases directly informs public health policy for action. Dr Van Kerkhove is also a technical consultant for WHO as a member of the MERS-CoV task force. Dr Van Kerkhove regularly participates in Missions to affected member states, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the Republic of Korea.

Dr Van Kerkhove was previously employed by Imperial College London in the MRC Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling where she worked closely with WHO on influenza, yellow fever, meningitis, MERS-CoV and Ebola Virus Disease.


Prof Linfa Wang

photo_smallProf 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.




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