Dr. Mübeccel Akdis graduated in Medical faculty from Uludag University, Bursa in 1985. She was employed by the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research in 1995 and received her PhD in Immunology. Thereafter, Dr Akdis was employed as a postdoctoral scientist at which time she became a group leader at SIAF, where she has established her own research group since 2003. Dr Akdis made her habilitation (Venia Legendi) in Zurich University Medical Faculty on Experimental Immunology in 2005. She has published 135 peer-reviewed research articles (total citations 5205; average citations; 46.89; average impact factor 5.5, h-index: 39). In addition, she has research grants and collaborative grants from the Swiss National Foundation and European Union (WP leader of 2 European projects). Dr Akdis has successfully mentored 6 PhD students and 8 MD fellows. She received numerous awards, including Ferdinand Wortman Prize, Professor Hans Storck Award, Sedat Simavi Medicine Award.
Cezmi A. Akdis
Cezmi Akdis is the Director of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF), a professor of Zurich University Medical Faculty, President of the European Academy of Allergy Clinical Immunology (EAACI), Founder and Executive Board Member of Global Allergy Asthma European Network (GA2LEN), Founder and Director of Christine Kühne-Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), Founder of the World Immune Regulation Meetings. He has published more than 350 articles on molecular and cellular mechanisms of allergies and asthma and possibility of cure.
Evangelyn C. Alocilia
Dr Vangie Alocilja is Program Director and Principal Investigator of the Nano-Biosensors Lab at the Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, of the Michigan State University, USA. Her research focus is on the development of nanoparticle-based biosensors for homeland security, global health, and food/environmental safety using fundamental and applied techniques in nanotechnology, microfabrication, engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, genomics, and biotechnology. I work closely with colleagues in various fields to achieve optimum design, efficient fabrication, and specific applications. Her professional service includes being a reviewer of biosensor proposals with the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Defense.
Walter J. Ammann is founder and president of the Foundation Global Risk Forum GRF Davos and chairman of the International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos. He started his professional career in various consulting companies for geotechnics and foundation engineering, earthquake engineering and bridge construction. From 1986 - 1992 he was responsible for the R&D-department of a globally acting company in construction technologies and from 1992 to 2007 director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos and deputy director of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf. He is an expert in integrative risk management and its applications to all kinds of natural hazards and technical risks. He is author and co-author of over 250 papers, books and scientific reports.
Dr. Theresa Bernardo has over a decade of experience in the United Nations and Inter-American systems in health informatics (humans/food/animals/plants). As leader of Knowledge Management and Communications for the Americas Region of WHO (2009-2010) she saw the utility of social media in responding to Pandemic H1N1 (swine flu) and Haitian emergencies. Previously, Dr. Bernardo developed tri-lingual software for global reporting and mapping of animal diseases and zoonoses that was used in over 100 countries and adopted internationally. As Director of the Information Technology Center at Michigan State University (1997-2009) she planned the strategic integration of technology for education, research, and the teaching hospital for the College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Learning and Assessment Center (four health colleges). Her team was the first university-wide to successfully implement a commercial learning management system (1998), web conferencing (2002), a web content management system (2007) and to champion collaborative curricular development and open educational resources. She currently leads multidisciplinary initiatives at Michigan State University to promote healthy people, communities, environments and economies. Dr. Bernardo holds Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and MSc (epidemiology) degrees from Canada and believes that our interconnectedness can facilitate the unity of effort required for success in the 21st century.
Professor Johannes Bircher studied medicine in Lausanne, Munich and Zurich. For further education in internal medicine, he spent several years in Trenton, NJ, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA and at the University Hospital Zurich. Bircher worked in senior positions at the Clinical pharmacologies at the Universities of Bern and Göttingen. From 1989 to 1997 he was Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Witten / Herdeck and 1999-2000 Director of Medical Services at the University Hospital Bern. Between 1999 and 2001 he was also director of the project "re-orientation of medicine" of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Peter Daniels is the Deputy Director of the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, holding senior positions in the management and delivery of diagnostic and reference laboratory services. He has developed AAHL’s Regional Program of engagement with veterinary laboratories in the Asia/Pacific area and heads AAHL’s designation as an OIE Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Capacity Building. Internationally he contributes in an advisory capacity to the international organizations The World Animal Health Organization (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the WHO in matters relating to the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases, including biosafety and biosecurity of dangerous pathogens. He is a Member of the OIE Biological Standards Commission and chairs the Executive Committee of OFFLU, an OIE/FAO partnership to address animal influenzas. He also chairs the OIE ad hoc Working Group developing revised international standards for biorisk management in veterinary laboratories.
Jorge Pinto Ferreira
Originally from Portugal, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with clinical experience of five years in food animal production; Masters in Food Safety; PhD (as Fulbright scholar) in Public Health and graduate certificate in Public Policy. Professional interests: Antimicrobial resistance; Zoonoses; One Health; International Organizations; EU policies; Capacity building in developing countries. Currently resident of the European College of the Veterinary Public Health and Junior Consultant at SAFOSO, working mostly on two FP7 projects: ASFORCE (dedicated to African Swine Fever) and RISKSUR (dedicated to cost-effective analysis of different animal health surveillance options).
Shana Cecile Gillette
Shana Gillette is an assistant professor of risk communication in the Dept. of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She is also Co-Director of the Feed the Future Collaborative Research Innovation Lab: Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change.
Professor Nassiri is currently Associate Dean of Osteopathic Global Outreach and Graduate Programs, Director of the Institute of International Health, and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Professor Nassiri has made contributions to various fields of medical sciences. He has extensive experience and expertise in HIV/AIDS and has developed HIV/AIDS Clinical Research Programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He has delivered seminar presentations on HIV/AIDS and Hematologic Malignancies in numerous national and international conferences and workshops as well as serving as a member of Merck's and POMA Speaker's Bureau for HIV/AIDS. His vision as the Director of the Institute of International Health (IIH) at Michigan State University, is to advance the knowledge of health and medicine to impoverished and developing regions of the world through an active learning experience and development research projects, and therefore, making a difference in global health standards. This can be achieved by assisting MSU faculty and researchers with the pursuit of international objectives in their health-related field research through alignment with their specific college(s).
Syed A. Hashsham
Syed Hashsham is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Microbial Ecology and Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. A native of Siddhartha Nagar, U.P., India, he studied Civil Engineering at Aligarh Muslim University, India, and completed his Masters in Environmental Engineering at IIT, Mumbai. He then moved to the United States, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his postdoctoral work at Michigan State and at Stanford University, he studied ecological principles governing microbes and environmental genomics. In 2000, he joined Michigan State University as Assistant Professor. Since then has been working in the areas of environmental genomics, development of hand-held genetic analysis platforms (Gene-Z and iDx)using low-cost microfluidic systemsto carry out genetic testing in a centralized manner, nanomaterials safety, and interactions of environmental contaminants to gut microbiome and human health. His research interests lie at the intersection of engineering, genomics, and health.
John B. Kaneene
Professor Kaneene is a University Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Center for Comparative Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine. The Center is a recipient of the Ron and Lee Joseph Endowment for Comparative Epidemiology and Genetics. Teaching: Dr. Kaneene teaches courses in Epidemiology of Zoonotic Diseases; Design and Conduct of Epidemiological Studies in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. Research Areas:, 1) Epidemiology and ecology of zoonotic diseases (such as Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Salmonellosis, and Avian Influenza), 2) The epidemiology and impacts of TB/HIV co-infection, 3) Dynamics of disease transmission at the human-livestock-wildlife interface, 4) Effects of climate change on transmission of infectious diseases and food security. 5) Improving the efficiency of the dairy value chain. Teaching Awards: Awarded the Teacher of the year Award for 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 2004,& 2006. Research Awards: Beecham Award for Research Excellence, Michigan State University, May 1989; Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University, 1993; Sigma Xi Research Society Meritorious Research Award, Michigan State University, 1993; University Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Michigan State University, 2005; Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 2009; Distinguished Alumni Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2011. Dr. Kaneene has published over 284 papers in referred scientific journals.
Shubha Kumar, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Director of the Master of Public Health Online Program and Distance Education at the USC Institute for Global Health. Dr. Kumar earned her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Healthcare Management & Policy from the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health. Her professional and research interests include management and leadership in global health and development, program planning & evaluation, health systems strengthening, and best practices in knowledge transfer and health education. She has successfully led the design and oversight of several programs in healthcare, disaster relief, and education, as well as launched an international humanitarian NGO for which she was the Chief Operating Officer. Her recent projects include capacity building of healthcare NGOs and the development and strengthening of emergency medical systems in sub-Saharan Africa. She is most well-known for her expertise in impact evaluation, particularly Social Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis, and frequently lectures and consults nationally and internationally on this subject. Dr. Kumar is also an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing and a Senior Consultant at SVT Group, a consulting firm specializing in impact management and evaluation.
Maria K. Lapinski
Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU). She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in this role facilitates interdisciplinary research partnerships and identification of funding sources for faculty research. Dr. Lapinski received her doctorate in 2000 from MSU and her Master of Arts from University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her research examines the impact of messages and social-psychological factors on health and environmental risk behaviors with a focus on culturally-based differences and similarities. To this end, Dr. Lapinski has conducted collaborative research projects with her students and colleagues in a number of countries in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Central America, and Africa. Her work has been presented at national and international communication and public health conferences, published in refereed journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, and others. Her research has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and United States Department of Agriculture.
David Timothy Long
Dr. Long received his Ph.D. degree in aqueous geochemistry from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University and holds appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Institute for International Health, and the Center for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of aqueous and environmental geochemistry. Aqueous geochemistry attempts to understand the interplay of physical, chemical, and microbiological processes on water quality as water moves through its cycle (e.g., groundwater, lakes, rivers) both in time and space. Environmental geochemistry applies knowledge gained from aqueous geochemistry studies to solve societal issues (both international and national studies) such as remediation of contaminated sites, impact of human activities (e.g., urbanization, agriculture) on the environment, and understanding the factors necessary to reduce environmental exposure to disease causing agents that might adversely influence human and ecosystem health. International activities include Australia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Israel, Kenya, Macedonia, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Serbia, and Romania.
Beryl Mutonono-Watkiss is International Campaign Director, at the World Society for the protection of Animals and has over 18 years’ experience in developing policy and advocacy campaigns and strategies for a range of integrated global public health, education and social development and zoonotic disease programmes. She has worked with national governments, civil society groups and international organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe to research and develop national policy adaptations of multinational campaigns from Rabies/malaria/yellow fever/ TB management and control to Integrated Management of Childhood illnesses to Health Systems Strengthening and medicine and Pharmacia drug distribution systems. She has also worked as an advisor for a range of global programmes funded by the United Nations, UK Department for International Development, (DFID), United States AID (USAID), European Union (EU) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Liam O’Mahony received his BSc in Microbiology from University College Cork, Ireland in 1994 and his PhD in Immunology was awarded in 1998 by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Thereafter, Dr. O’Mahony performed post-doctoral research at the Department of Microbiology, University College Cork, Department of Medicine, University College Cork and the Digestive Diseases Division, UCLA. Dr. O’Mahony was a Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, from 2003 to 2008. Since 2009, he is the head of Molecular Immunology at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are focused on the molecular basis for microbe and metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses. He is a co-author on 61 published articles and is a co-inventor on 7 granted patents. Dr. O’Mahony is a co-founder of Alimentary Health Pharma Davos, which is a company specialized in commercializing microbial technologies as pharmaceutical products.
As head of the Ecosystem Health Initiative at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Katey Pelican is focused on improving health at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment. She is also an assistant professor of ecosystem health in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Pelican maintains an active research program in wildlife conservation, physiology and health. Her research interests include building sustainable food systems, disease transmission between wildlife and livestock, and how changes in wildlife physiology impact population fitness and disease susceptibility. She completed her doctorate in wildlife physiology with the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the University of Maryland in 2002; she continued at the Smithsonian until fall 2007. She continues to lead the vertebrate monitoring working group for the Smithsonian's Global Earth Observatories, a network of 30 long-term monitoring sites.
Pan Dong Ryu
Pan Dong Ryu is currently working as Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University. His main interest is to establish a new veterinary curriculum that can meet the emerging needs of local and global societies. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University and PhD degree in veterinary pharmacology from Iowa State University, USA. He joined to Seoul National University in 1991 after working as research associate in Iowa State University and Yale University, and has served as Associate Dean, and Director of BK21 Program, a branded graduate student research program in veterinary science at national level. The research interest of Dr Ryu has been to understand the neuronal information transmission in the brain, especially in the hypothalamus, using the electrophysiological recording technique. Dr Ryu has published about 80 papers in academic journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology and Neuroscience. He received an award of excellent paper from the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies in 2000. He has served as member of editorial boards of journals including Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies and Frontiers in Neuroendocrine Science. In addition, he has been in advisory committees of the Koran Food and Drug Administration, and National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Services since 1995.
Professor Schultink conducts research and teaches international resource development, comparative environmental policy, land use and environmental planning and environmental impact assessment. He also served as the associate director of MSU's Land Policy Institute with responsibilities for international land use planning, policy and development studies. His extensive publication record reflects more than 30 years experience in natural resource surveys, sector and impact assessment, land use planning, rural economic development and policy analysis. He has provided international and domestic consultancies for private sector firms, government agencies, such as USAID, the USDA, as well as international organizations, such as FAO, UNDP and the World Bank, and numerous country governments. Currently he directs various land tenure, administration and development projects. He has expertise in environmental planning, environmental impact assessment, economic development, land tenure and administration, land use planning, regional planning, rural economic development, community development, spatial modeling, geographic information systems, land use planning, and land evaluation.
Schuman is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a primary interest in social policy and public health. After many years in program development with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she has worked in southeastern Mexico for the past twelve years. This has afforded her the opportunity to focus on interactions between the Mexican policy environment and that of the United States, with an emphasis on the creation and maintenance of sustainable lives and livelihoods for excluded sectors of the population. Under this broad umbrella, she studies transnational agriculture and trade policy, migration/immigration/return migration, education policy in multicultural environments and the internationalization of higher education. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and an active member of the Red Latinoamericana de Investigadores en la Economia Social y Solidaria (Latin American Network of Researchers in the Social and Solidarity Economy) and the Red Latinoamericana de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Network on Methodology of the Social Sciences).
David Skole is Professor of Forestry. His research focuses on the relationship between land use change, the global carbon cycle and climate change and the use of geographical information for sustainable development and natural resource management. He has more than 25 years experience with research on forestry and carbon. He was instrumental in constructing the first numerical carbon accounting model and has been spearheading the integration of satellite remote sensing into carbon accounting models. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on land use change and forestry issues related to carbon emissions and sequestration, including several that have been most influential in the field, ranking in the upper 1% in terms of overall influence on the science. His papers continue to be cited more than 100 times each year, including one paper, which is considered one of the top 20 most influential papers in global change science by ISI. He has been a leading expert on global environmental monitoring, having been instrumental in developing several international programs related to land use, carbon and climate change. In recent years he has been a leading authority on measurement, reporting and verification for forest carbon projects and has developed and published several protocols for A/R and REDD projects. He is a lead investigator on USAID’s Famine Early Warning System. He is the director of the Tropical Rain Forest Information Center, a NASA data and information center. He has been an advisor to both international public and the private sectors, including large environmental projects such as the Brazilian SIVAM project which is developing improved regional monitoring and management capabilities for the Amazon region under contract to several U.S. companies.
Olga Speckhardt is Principal Advisor,for Reinsurance, Investor Relations & Philanthropy at the Syngenta foundation for sustainable agriculture. She has many years' experience in international reinsurance and insurance. She holds a degree in Law and has a solid background in underwriting. Before joining the Foundation in 2012, she managed the reinsurance liability portfolio at Transatlantic Re, having previously led Swiss industry liability at HDI. Olga is now responsible for developing our relationships with international reinsurance and insurance partners. This is a crucial component in the success and sustainability of our Kilimo Salama microinsurance program. Olga is also in charge of the Foundation's investor relations and philanthropy in general.
Marc Stal (Dipl. Geo) is Senior Project Officer at the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos. At GRF Davos his work focuses on risk, vulnerability and resilience assessment and analysis, harmonising climate change adaptation with disaster risk management and teaching integrative and multidisciplinary disaster and risk science. Moreover, he is the Disaster Risk Reduction focal point and scientific programme coordinator of the International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC and other conferences and workshops organised by GRF Davos.
Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver within the Graduate School of Social Work. He has been with the University of Denver for 19 years and is the founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. He is recognized for expertise in the clinical methods for Animal Assisted Interventions and coordinates the school's Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the Animals and Human Health professional development certificate program. He received his MSSW degree for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his specialization was the therapeutic connection between people and animals. He teaches MSW courses in forensic social work, human-animal interaction and animal welfare, conservation social work, human ecology and international social work. Professor Tedeschi’s research, scholarship, presentations, training and community practice work have focused on human-animal interaction, conservation and environmental social work, experiential therapy and forensic social work practice. Philip has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families, as well as program development and intervention in interpersonal violence including, assessment and intervention with animal abuse, attachment, trauma disordered and sexually abusive youth and adults. Professor Tedeschi has been recognized as a graduate level educator and has remained active as a social work practitioner with over 30 year of practice experience. He serves on numerous national organization board of directors including the Delta Pet Partners National Board, The Green Chimneys Institute Board of Advisors, The Horses and Humans Research Foundation, The National Link Coalition and the African Network for Animal Welfare among others.
James Edward Tronsko
Trained as an evolutionary & radiation geneticist, I have been a pioneer in the fields of radiation/chemical & biologically- induced human cancer, via my expertise in genetic toxicology, epigenetic toxicology. I was the first to isolate human ADULT stem cells ( 1987) and more recently I was the first to hypothesize that modulation of human adult stem cells during human development by pollutants, diet and cultural behavior could affect risks to human diseases later in life. I worked at the McArdle Lab for Cancer Research-University of Wisconsin; Was Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation-Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan (1990-92); Was a Korean Ministry of Science & Technology "Brain Pool Awardee" at Seoul National University and was an invited Cancer Research Scholar at ARNAS-Civico, Cancer Center, Palermo, Sicily.
James Herbert Williams
Professor James Herbert Williams, PhD., is Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. He holds his MSW from Smith College, MPA from the University of Colorado and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington-Seattle. Dr. Williams’ research and training has been funded by grants from several federal and state agencies and private foundations. Dr. Williams’ publications and community engagement focus on health promotion and disease prevention, health disparities, economic sustainability, human security, conflict resolution, delinquency and violence, mental health services for African American children in urban schools, disproportionate minority confinement of African American youth in the criminal justice system, community strategies for positive youth development, and social issues of the African American community. His scholarship has been published in several prominent health and social science journals. Dr. Williams has 30 plus years of experience as a scholar/educator and social work practitioner. He has served on two commissions for the Council on Social Work Education and as a member of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Board of Directors. He is the current President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.
Chadia Wannous is the Senior Policy Advisor of the UN System Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza Dr. David Nabarro. She is a public health professional with a doctorate degree in International Health and Development. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the public health filed in a number of countries in the Middle East, South East Asia, the Caribbean, and North America. Prior to her current position in Geneva, and since 2006 she has been working mainly on Avian and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response. First as a Technical Officer for WHO Regional Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response sub-unit in Bangkok, and as a Senior Advisor for the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt and then as the UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dr. Edward D. (Ned) Walker is a Professor at Michigan State University, holds a primary appointment in the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics with secondary appointment in the Department of Entomology. His academic career has spanned teaching, student mentoring at graduate and undergraduate levels, research, extension, outreach, service, and international activities. He is well known in the field of vector-borne diseases, including mosquito borne, tick borne, and tsetse borne pathogens. His research has taken place in the United States as well as in Honduras, the Philippines, Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Malawi. A major area of research is empirical and modeling analysis of interventions against malaria towards regional elimination; another is the relationship between agriculture, development, and malaria both in its historically and current contexts. Walker has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an NIAID R37 MERIT award now in its 28th year of funding. Dr. Walker has been PI on several other NIAID and NSF awards as well as co-investigator and collaborator. He was the recipient of the Founder’s Memorial Award of the Entomological Society of America in 2009 and is the current chairperson of the ESA’s Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology section. He served on the American Committee on Medical Entomology of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2002-2006), was Co-Director of Michigan State University’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (2002-2005), and chaired Michigan State University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (2002-2008). Walker is a co-investigator with Dr. Terrie Taylor and Dr. Mark Wilson on the Malawi ICEMR, a 7 year malaria excellence award from the NIH. He also is co-investigator on an NSF EEID award, in its second cycle of funding, with Dr. Tony Goldberg of University of Wisconsin as PI and dealing with ecoepidemiology of West Nile virus transmission. Dr. Walker has served as grant and program reviewer for national and international agencies on numerous occasions and has consulted with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Antoniya Yanakieva was born in 1982. She made her high school education in German language in the gymnasium in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has a Bachelor degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a Master degree of Public Health and Health Management from the Faculty of Public Health in the Medical University of Sofia. She graduated her PhD in the Faculty of Public Health in the Medical University of Sofia on the topic "Marketing of the Medical Home Care Services". She is working in a Health Insurance Fund in Bulgaria as a Marketing manager since 2008. Since 2009 she is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Public Health in the Medical University in Sofia. She joined many projects and participate Summer Schools in Public Health and Conferences.