Scientific and Technical Advisory Board


Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australia

Colin is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, the topic of which is "Health and sustainability: Australia in a global context". Colin is especially interested in future global health, including the consequences of global environmental changes such as to the climate, ecosystems, energy sources and resource depletion. He has published widely, and given many invited talks on topics including food security, population growth, ecology and infectious diseases. Collaborations include with the World Health Organization, the Special Programme on Tropical Diseases Research and the World Medical Association. He is co-founder of the NGO BODHI.

Guéladio CISSÉ

Research Group Leader “Ecosystem services, Climate and Health”, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Guéladio Cissé is a sanitary engineer; environmental scientist and environmental health researcher. He has a long standing multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary field research experience in West Africa (more than 17 years) as a scientific collaborator of Swiss Tropical Institute, working at the interface of environment and human health. He has been head of the National Service for Hygiene and Sanitation at the Ministry of Health in Mauritania from 1986 to 1991; successively assistant, lecturer and head of the sanitary engineering department at the International Institute of Water and Environment in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 1993 to 1999; Director General of the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Cote d’Ivoire (CSRS) from July 2004 to July 2009; Regional Coordinator  in West Africa of the National Centre of Competence in Research North South (NCCR-North-South) program from 2001 to 2009.


Director of the Disaster and Development Centre, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Andrew Collins is reader and director of the Disaster and Development Centre at Northumbria University. He is recurrently researcher, consultant or advisor with a wide range of governmental, non-governmental and humanitarian organisations operating internationally or locally. Andrew’s research and publishing work involves the theoretical, methodological and policy integration of health ecology, disaster reduction, sustainable development and human security. He led the establishment of the world’s first disaster management and sustainable development postgraduate programme launched in 2000, and the Disaster and Development Centre (DDC) launched in 2004. He supervises a community of PhD researchers spanning disaster and development studies. His orientation in this field includes through earlier voluntary service in contexts of conflict and environmental crises.


Professor of Applied Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, UK.

Duncan was Head of Immunology at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK and took up his position at the University of Nottingham in 2006. His mainstream research  is immune responses to viruses and vaccines in animals and rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases. Current funding includes the EU FP7 Collaborative Project “WildTech” which he coordinates, with 13 international partners and about 45 associate partners.NA microarray and high throughput serological screening of archive samples and those collected during the project are used to assess the spread of selected priority diseases in wildlife populations. Epidemiological modelling and wildlife diseases data management systems represent important outputs and contribute to monitoring of infectious disease risks from the large wildlife reservoir to farm livestock and humans.


Senior Researcher, Department of Mathematical Information Technology University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Markku Häkkinen is senior researcher at the department of Mathematical Information Technology of the University of Jyväskylä. He has worked in the field of human factors and user interface research and software development for over 25 years. Mr Hakkinen's current research focus is in the design of accessible, multimodal warning systems.  Mr. Hakkinen was a key technical contributor in the development of the DAISY and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Digital Talking Book standards, a participant in Web standards development, and is currently an invited expert to the W3C WAI User Agent Accessibility Working Group. He has a B.Sc. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, conducted graduate research in speech-based Interfaces at Virginia Tech, and has a M.Sc. in Computer Science/Cognitive Science from the University of Jyväskylä.


One Health Initiative, Sarasota, USA

Bruce Kaplan, a retired veterinarian, formerly worked as an Editor/Writer/Public Affairs consultant. Dr. Kaplan practiced veterinary medicine for over 23 years. He has held positions in public health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemiologist and the USDA's Office of Public Health and Science in Washington, D.C. He also served as the USDA-FSIS public affairs specialist in California for 14 western states. Dr. Kaplan currently devotes his time to promoting the “One Health” movement.

Alexander KEKULÉ

Director, Institute for Biosecurity Research (IBS), Halle, Germany

Alexander Kekulé is director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and chairman of the Institute for Biosecurity Research (IBS). In his research, Professor Kekulé is focused on molecular biology of hepatitis viruses, viral oncogenesis and infectious diseases control. He has been granted several research awards, among them the Karl Heinrich Bauer Award for Cancer Research and the Hans Popper Award for Basic Research of the International Association for the Study of the Liver.


Professor, Department of Int. Health, Maastricht University

Thomas Krafft’s research interests are in Health Systems Research (especially pre-hospital and emergency care), Syndromic Surveillance, Health Geography, and Global Environmental Change and Urban Health. Regional foci lay in Europe, India and China. He is visiting professor for Health Geography at Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Center for Health Management Studies & Research in Pune/India and honarary professor of the Institute for Geography and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing/China. He lectures at the Centre for Management and Quality in Health Care, Donau-University Krems/Austria. In addition to his teaching assignements Thomas Krafft chairs the Advisory Group on Global Change and Health of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and he is the Scientific Secretary of the Commission on Health and the Environment of the International Geographical Union (IGU-CHE).


Head of Department, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Michael J. Manfredo is a professor and head of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Warner College, Colorado State University, USA. Dr. Manfredo’s has 75 peer-reviewed research articles on the role of social science in natural resource management, was the founding co-editor of the journal entitled Human Dimensions of Wildlife and has two recent books entitled Wildlife and Society: The Science of Human Dimensions and Who Cares About Wildlife: Social Science Concepts for Understanding Human-wildlife Relationships. He is currently working on an edited book entitled Understanding Society and Natural Resources: Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences.


Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Andrea Meisser is a former member of the Davos City Council and former president of the Swiss Veterinary Association. He is member of the Human and Animal Health research group within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, with overall responsibility for the project “One Health: The potential of closer cooperation between human and animal health in Switzerland” of the National Centre of Competence in Research, NCCR North-South, Partnership Action Programme PAMS, Bern, Switzerland.


Director, Institute of International Health (IIH), Michigan State University, Lansing, USA

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).


Academician Professor Emeritus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Professor Dato’ C.P. Ramachandran is well known for his dedication and commitment in research on the control and elimination of tropical diseases. He published over 120 scientific papers on filariasis and other tropical diseases and parasitology. Currently, Professor Dato’ C.P. Ramachandaran is holding numerous teaching positions and is member of several editorial, advisory and review boards. As former secretary of the WHO’s special program on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, he established tropical diseases research centres in various developing regions and initiated the WHO-GLOBAL program for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis. Numerous awards honour Professor Dato’ C.P. Ramachandran’s efforts for the benefit of human kind and global public health. Among them are: the Sandhom Gold Medal in Medical Parasitology by the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, the Highest Award for Tropical Medicine by the Malaysian Scientific Association and the Mary Kingsley Medal (UK) for Tropical Medicine.


Professor, Queens University and Co-Chair Global Environmental Change and Human Health Project, Hamilton, Canada

Mark W. Rosenberg is professor of geography and cross-appointed as professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is the co-chair of the scientific steering committee of the Earth System Science Partnership Joint Project on Global Environmental Change and Human Health (ESSP GECHH). From 2000 to 2008, Professor Rosenberg was the chairperson of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Health and the Environment (CHE). He was the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging (2004 to 2010) and a North American Editor of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (2001 to 2010). His research covers a wide range of topics including health and the environment, access to health care services, and vulnerable populations (especially older populations and Aboriginal Peoples).

Pan Dong RYU

Professor, Seoul National University

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.


Director, SAFOSO Safe Food Solutions Inc., Berne, Switzerland

Dr.Ulrich Sperling is director at SAFOSO.  He helps public and private clients in areas overlapping between food safety and animal health. One of his mandates is to serve the TAFS forum –  an international non-profit organization that works on animal health and food safety as executive director.


STARI Research Fellow & Department of Psychology Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

Helen Sullivan is a research fellow in the Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute (STARI) at Rider University and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Her courses include Learning and Memory, Behavior Modification, Sensation & Perception, Research Methods & Statistics and Independent Research. Her current research interests focus on how to reduce the risk of harm from disasters. The Cognitive Science Net Laboratory is the platform she has developed,in conjunction with PSYDRR,for conducting her research. She has presented her work at conferences and workshops in Europe, China, and Japan. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi, the Eastern Psychological Association, the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Community, the Global Risk Forum, and the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction.


Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Since 1975, Wang engaged in the study of environmental change and its impact especially to human health. He worked for two years in the Imperial College London from 1984 to 1986 and did cooperative research in the Monitoring and Assessment Research Centre (UNEP, WHO coordination centre), King’s College London as a visiting scholar in 1988 and 2000. He took the responsibility in different national scientific projects and international cooperative projects related endemic diseases in most poverty areas such as Tibet, Loess Plateau and northeast, southwest parts of China, and urban environmental health risk. He is the chair of the steering committee of the IGU Commission on Health and the Environment, chairman of the Committee of Medical Geography, the Geographical Society of China.

James Herbert WILLIAMS

Dean, DU Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, USA

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. 


Director, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, East Geelong, Australia

Dr Kurt Zuelke joins CSIRO as the Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory. He brings extensive research, management and policy experience gained throughout his career working in veterinary sciences, biotechnologies and livestock and wildlife diseases to his role as Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).

His expertise and professional interest include applying biotechnology, genomics, and systems biology in biomedical and animal production research; reproductive physiology and developmental biology; research administration and bio‐containment Facilities Management; to strategic science policy development and implementation.