Members of the Scientific & Technical Advisory Board

Ali Afdjei

Founder and President, Global Emergency Medical Net GEMNET, Paris, France

Ali Afdjei is an emergency and sports medicine physician. He has a degree in disaster medicine and practices at the Emergency Department at the Hospital of Parly 2 (France). As an emergency physician he participated in humanitarian missions in particular on the earthquake of Bhuj in India (2001) and after the great Indonesia Tsunami (in 2005).

Cezmi Akdis

Director, Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF and President, European Academy of Allergy Clinical Immunology EAACI, Switzerland

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.

Syed Mohamed Aljunid

Professor of Health Economics and Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Syed Aljunid is professor of Health Economics and senior research fellow at United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health. Prior to this he served as consultant in Public Health Medicine and head of Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Malaysia (UKM). He obtained his MD from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Master of Science in Public Health from National University of Singapore and PhD in Health Economics and Financing Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia since 2000 and awarded with Fellowship in Public Health Medicine Malaysia in 2011.

Gertjan B. Beekman

Coordinator of Natural Resources, Environment Management and Coordinator of Natural Resources Adaptation to Climate Change at the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture-IICA, Brasilia, Brazil

Working as a consultant for 18 years Gertjan B. Beekman carried out several technical cooperation projects related to Water Resources Planning, Development and Management. More recently he coordinated a Program to Combat Desertification and Mitigation of Drought in South America, comprising six countries. Within the scope of the international cooperation activities, he also conducted several studies on topics related to irrigated agriculture, ecologic and economic zoning and the evaluation of dam safety studies, for different regions. Besides his international cooperation experience, he also engaged with the private sector to design hydropower development schemes.

Jean Bousquet

Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Montpellier, France

Jean Bousquet currently holds a teaching position in Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at the Montpellier University. For many years, his  research was focused on Mediterranean allergens and allergen-specific immunotherapy. He was director of the INSERM Laboratory for the Immunopathology of Asthma and is also past chairman of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Prof Bousquet was the founder of ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma), in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and is currently chairman. He is also chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Asthma and Rhinitis in Montpellier and vice-president of the European Union-funded network of excellence GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network). Prof. Bousquet is a member of various international and national societies and has held the position of president of the Societé Française d’Allergologie et d’Immunologie Clinique. He has edited and authored numerous publications, including 10 books and over 525 peer-reviewed papers.

Helmut Brand

Professor of European Public Health, Maastricht University, President-Elect of ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region), Germany

Helmut Brand is professor of European Public Health and head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University. He studied Medicine in Düsseldorf and Zürich and earned a Master in Community Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics. Prof. Brand is a specialist in Public Health Medicine in Germany and the UK. Helmut worked in several Health Authorities and Ministries of Health. For 13 years he was director of the Public Health Institute of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany. Since then European Integration in Health is the main topic of his work. The recent research focus is on the European dimension of cross border health, comparative studies, policy advise and surveillance systems.

Colin D. Butler

Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, College of Medicine Biology and Environment, Australian National University, Australia

Colin Butler's research concerns the interaction of global environmental change (eg population growth, climate change, ecological trends and resource depletion) with global population health. He is a co-editor of EcoHealth and a member of the scientific steering committee of Global Environmental Change and Human Health (GECHH). In 2009, he was named as one "a hundred doctors for the planet".

Manuel Cesario

Professor of Environmental Change and Sustainability, at the University of Franca’s Graduate Programme on Health Promotion, Brazil

Manuel Cesario is a medical doctor (UGF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) specialised in Community Health (Université Paris VII, France), holds a PhD in Human Ecology/Community Health/Sustainable Development (University of Edinburgh, Scotland), and was visiting research associate at the University of Oxford (England), where he explored the development of early warning systems for disease emergence due to socio-environmental changes in Amazonia. He coordinated the Task Force convened by IHDP to provide inputs for the ‘Global Environmental Change and Human Health’ ESSP’s Project, and was later invited to be a member of the IHDP Advisory Group on Health.

Guéladio Cissé

Research Group Leader “Ecosystems, 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 of the National Centre of Competence in Research North South (NCCR-North-South) West Africa from 2001 to 2009.

Andrew E. Collins

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.

Francesco Della Corte

Director Department of Emergency Medicine, Azienda Ospidaliero Universitaria Maggiore della Carità, Novara, Italy

Francesco Della Corte, born in 1954, is Full Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University A. Avogadro in Novara, Italy. Graduated in 1979 in Rome; appointed as Secretary of the European Society for Emergency Medicine in 1999 to 2006. He is the Founder and Course Director of the European Master in Disaster Medicine hosted by the University of Novara and Brussels. He is the Chair of the Emergency Department at Maggiore Hospital, School of Medicine in Novara.

Martin Exner

Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn and Director, Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Bonn, Germany

Martin Exner is full professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn and Director of the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (Collaborating Centre of the WHO for Health). His research and publishing work revolves around Hygiene and Public Health including hospital hygiene, water hygiene, food hygiene, prevention of infectious diseases, home hygiene, social hygiene and risk regulation. Apart from his teaching assignments Martin Exner is an active member of numerous societies and scientific committees. He is past president of the Society of Hygiene, Public and Environmental Medicine; president of the German Society of Hospital Hygiene; member of the National German Committee of Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention at the Robert-Koch-Institute Berlin; Chairman of the Disinfection Committee of the German Association for Applied Hygiene and Member of the managing board of the Association of Applied Hygiene.

Rita Erica Fioravanzo

Istituto Europeo di Psicotraumatologia e Stress Management, Bastia di Albenga, Italy

Markku T. Häkkinen

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.

David L. Heymann

Head of the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London, UK

Professor David L. Heymann is head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, chair of the Health Protection Agency in London, and professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Previously he was the World Health Organization's Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment. He also represented the Director-General for polio eradication. He was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster till 2003. He held the post of Director for WHO Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases from 1995 to 1998. He served as the Chief of research activities in the WHO Global Programme on AIDS until 1995. Before joining WHO, Dr Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Martyn Jeggo

Director of CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Australia

Since 2002 Martyn Jeggo has been the director of CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL). He has chaired the Organising Committee of the 1st International One Health Congress in Melbourne, Australia from 14-16 February 2011. From 1996–2002, he was head of the Animal Production and Health Science Section of the Joint Food and Agricultural Organisation/ International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA) Division of Agriculture, in Vienna, Austria. In that role, he managed a range of FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Programs involving more than 200 research contracts relating to animal production and health. Among other international activities, Prof. Jeggo also developed an international external quality-assurance program for veterinary laboratories. For more than 15 years, Prof. Jeggo oversaw the management of laboratory networks dealing with: rinderpest and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia in Africa; FMD in Asia; brucellosis worldwide.

Bruce Kaplan

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.

Laura Kahn

Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA

Laura Kahn, a physician, is a research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,Princeton University. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter's Laureate Award.  In September 2009, she published "Who's in Charge? Leadership during epidemics, bioterror attacks, and other public health crises." She is a monthly columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and is a founding member of the One Health Initiative, a global effort to integrate human, animal, and environmental health.

Günter Klein

Professor, International Center for Sustainable Development, Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, St. Augustin, Germany

As senior academic advisor at the UN-University, Bonn, and director and professor at the German Space Agency, he was working with a focus on support to the UN- Decade Water for life 2006 - 2010. From 1995 – 2005 he was director for Environment and Health at WHO, Regional Office of Europe, Copenhagen and Bonn. As director of the Water Hygiene Department and head of the Biological Laboratories at the Federal Health Office, Berlin, he has been in charge of water resources and water supply for Germany (1979-1995). Günter Klein studied Marine Biology at the Institute of Marine Research in Bremerhaven, biology and sanitary engineering (Bochum and Darmstadt University) were followed by 6 years of practical engagement at Dortmund Water Works and in developing countries (1966 – 1979).

Sari Kovats

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social and  Environmental Health Research, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Sari Kovats has been actively researching climate and health for more than 15 years and has published widely on the health impact assessment of climate change, and epidemiological studies of the effects of weather and climate in urban populations. She teaches postgraduates in the field of environment, health and sustainable development. Sari is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Global Environmental Change and Human Health Project of ESSP (Earth System Science Partnership) and on the management committee for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health at LSHTM. She has been involved extensively in the scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on health for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is currently Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on Europe in the forthcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, due to be published in 2014.

Thomas Krafft

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).


Roderick Lawrence

Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Roderick Lawrence is professor at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Geneva and he is head of the Human Ecology Group at the Institute of Environmental Sciences. He teaches inter-and trans-disciplinary approaches to problem identification and problem solving in the Master’s Degree of Environmental Sciences. He is director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies on Sustainable Development, and alsothe Global Environmental Policy Programme at the University of Geneva which is organized in partnership with UNEP. His research interests include inter- and trans-disciplinarity, human ecology, urban health and quality of life. He has been a scientific adviser for the World health Organization since 1994. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Network of Transdisciplinary Research sponsored by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. He is also an associate member of the New York Academy of Sciences since 1997.

Jon-Andri Lys

Executive Secretary, Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), Bern, Switzerland

Jon-Andri Lys is the Executive Secretary of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnership with Developing Countries (KFPE - He is working on strategies and concepts for improving research partnerships with resource poor countries. He obtained his PhD at the University of Berne, Division of Animal Physiology. From 1989 to 1995, he was Scientific Assistant at the Division of Ecology of the Zoological Institute of the University of Berne. During his PhD and as an Assistant at the Division of Ecology he was working several times in West Africa where he was mainly involved in biological control projects against pest insects.

Michael Manfredo

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.

Andrea Meisser

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.

Andy Morse

University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences, Reader, United Kingdom

Andy Morse has a background in Atmospheric Physics and works on modelling the impacts of climate variability and climate change on human and animal health.  He is best known for his work in integrating impacts models, especially dynamic malaria models, into seasonal scale ensemble prediction systems.  More recently the same disease impacts models have been driven with climate change model outputs. He is actively working with major NGOs within a development and risk reduction framework. He shared the 2006 World Meteorological Organisation’s Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International award.

Peijun Shi

Vice-President, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Peijun Shi is the executive vice-president of Beijing Normal University. He received his Ph.D of palaeogeography at Beijing Normal University and gained postdoctoral experience at the College of Natural Resources at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. He is a member of the Expert Committee under the National Disaster Reduction Committee, which belongs to the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China and also a member of OECD’s High Level Advisory Board on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes. His research focuses on natural disaster theories and risk management. He has been charged with many relative national or ministerial programs and has numerous publications. He established the system of “regional natural disaster system” which consists of “environment, hazard and society”. Furthermore he put forward the technological system of regional agricultural natural disaster assessment. Peijun Shi is currently co-chairing the IRG-Project.

Nicole Probst-Hensch

Professor, University of Basel and Head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch graduated with a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and with a doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of California Los Angeles, USA.  Her research focuses on the role of lifestyle, environmental factors and genes in the etiology and progression of cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. An important goal of the work is the improved understanding of public health relevant disease mechanisms, most importantly inflammation, oxidative stress and cell cycle regulation in the context of chronic diseases. Nicole Probst-Hensch is co-directing the large population-based Swiss Cohort SAPALDIA and established the biobank attached to the study. She has established and was the first director of the National Institute of Cancer Epidemiology and Registration in Switzerland. Since 2009 she is heading the Unit of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the SwissTPH.

Andreas Rechkemmer

Chief Science and Policy Advisor, GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland

Andreas Rechkemmer is chief science and policy adviser of the Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland, and senior associate at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. In recent years, he has advised the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on science-policy related matters. Also, he holds affiliations with the University of Cologne, Germany, Beijing Normal University, China, and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA. He is an expert and advisor in social dimensions of climate change and the synergetic perspective on development, risk, security, and global change. Recently, he co-founded the Rocky Mountain Series on Social Science and Global Change, an international conference and workshop series operating a the interface between science, policy and practice, and the Beijing Dialogues on Development and Climate Change, a high-level science-policy dialogue forum.

Mark Rosenberg

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).

Rainer Sauerborn

Director, Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Since 1996 Rainer Sauerborn has been the director of the Dept. of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health (HD). His research focus is on improving the quality of and access to care in low income countries. A paediatrician, he trained at the Harvard School of Public Health. From 1990 -1996 he was faculty member of the Harvard Institute for International Development and prior to that - 1979 to 1982 - he headed the Nouna health district.

Ulrich Sperling

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.

Helen T. Sullivan

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.

Bron Taylor

Professor, Religion and Environmental Ethics, University of Florida and Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Bron Taylor is professor of Religion and Environmental Ethics at the University of Florida, and a carson fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society Munich Germany. His research focuses on the emotional and spiritual dimensions of environmental movements, and he has led and participated in a variety of international initiatives promoting the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. His books include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future(2010),the award winning Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature(2005), andEcological Resistance Movements: the Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism(1995).He is also the founder of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and editor of its affiliated Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.

Yves Tourre

Météo-France, Direction Climatology, Toulouse, France and Professor, Lahmont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, USA

Yves Tourre is senior climate scientist with multidisciplinary application-oriented experience and senior officer/manager. He is professionally affiliated with Météo-France, the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Science, Royal Meteorological Society (fellow) and Columbia University. Professor Tourre's research interests include developing climate/environment variability and public health theme, worldwide contribution to fundamental understanding of climate fluctuations and multidisciplinary applications diagnostic and models’ output  analyses of the ocean-atmosphere coupled system.

Wuyi Wang

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

Professor Wang is a professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been engaged in the study of environmental change and human health since 1975. He worked for two years in the Imperial College London from 1984 to 1986 He was PI in different national and international scientific projects covered most poverty areas of China related to endemic diseases and health risk of heavy metals in the environment, and the health impacts of urbanization. He is the chair of Commission on Health and the Environment, International Geographical Union (IGU); steering member of IHDP Advisory Group on Human Health; vice chair of Gerontological Society of China; chair of Committee on Medical Geography, Geographical Society of China.

Jakob Zinsstag

Professor and Head of Human and Animal Health Unit, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Prof Jakob Zinsstag graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine on Salmonella diagnosis at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Berne in 1986. He worked in rural practice and as post doctoral fellow on trypanosomiasis research at the Swiss Tropical Institute. From 1990 to end of 1998 he led a livestock research project at the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia and directed the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1998 he leads a research unit at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel on the interface of human and animal health with a focus on health of nomadic people and control of zoonoses in developing countries under the paradigm of “one health” (a project that received the td-award 2004). He holds a PhD in Tropical Animal Health and is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel.