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Honorary Lecturer

Her Royal Highness Princess CHULABHORN

President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand

H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn is a Professor of Chemistry at Mahidol University where she joined the faculty in 1985. Her special research interests are in the chemistry of natural products and in Thai medicinal plant, environmental health problems of developing countries and cancer research. She was the third person in the world to be awarded UNESCO's Einstein Medal for her continuous effort in promoting scientific collaboration in Asia and the Pacific, and she was the first Asian to be invited to join the Royal Society of Chemistry, in England, as an Honorary Fellow. She is also chairperson of the Working Group on the Chemistry of Natural Products collaborative programme between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the National Research Council of Thailand.

H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn has received international recognition for her scientific accomplishments in her appointment to various United Nations posts, namely special advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme and member of the Special High-Level Council for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction of the United Nations. In addition, she has also been visiting professor at universities in Germany, Japan and U.S.A., and has received numerous honorary doctoral degrees from universities in U.S.A., U.K., Japan and elsewhere. Recently she has received the 2002 Environmental Mutagen Society-Hollaender International fellow Award, and in 2006 the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety Special Recognition Award, and most recently the Nagoya Medal Special Award presented to Her Royal Highness in October 2006 at Nagoya University

Keynote Speakers

David BUTLER-JONES

Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto, Canada

David Butler-Jones is Canada's first and current chief public health officer, heading the Public Health Agency of Canada. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba as well as a clinical professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine. Dr. Butler-Jones has served with a number of organizations including as: president of the Canadian Public Health Association; vice-president of the American Public Health Association; chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Health and Climate Change to just name a few. In 2010, Dr. Butler-Jones was the recipient of the Robert Davies Defries award, the highest honour presented by the Canadian Public Health Association, recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of public health.

Alain DEHOVE

Coordinator of the World Animal Health and Welfare Fund of the OIE

As a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and senior Veterinary Public Health Inspector seconded to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Alain Dehove has also obtained an advanced Master’s degree in Economics and Food Industry Management (1990). Dr Dehove has previously held short term replacement jobs in veterinary practices (1988-1991). He was also posted at the French Embassy in London (1991-1996), at the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Paris (1996-2000, at the Directorate General for Food, initially as Head of Unit for bilateral relations with EU Member States and the former Standing Veterinary Committee in Brussels, then for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Multilateral Agreements and the SPS Committee in Geneva), and at the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate General for Health and Consumers, 2001-2006). Dr Dehove joined the Directorate General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in July 2006, as Coordinator of the World Animal Health and Welfare Fund, a multi-donor trust fund for projects of international public utility relating to the control of animal diseases, including those affecting humans, and the promotion of animal welfare and animal production food safety.

Janet G. HERING

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Techology EAWAG,Duebendorf, Switzerland

Janet Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) and Professor at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) in Zürich and Lausanne. From 1996 to 2006, she was a Professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  Prior to 1996, she was an Assistant and later Associate Professor at UCLA. She has degrees in chemistry from Cornell and Harvard Universities and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Her research interests include water resources and water infrastructure management, the biogeochemistry of trace elements, and water treatment technologies for the removal of inorganic contaminants from potable water.

Joan ROSE

Laboratory Director/Principal Investigator, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Co-Director Center for Water Sciences and, Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Michigan State University, East East Lansing, USA

Joan Rose is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety publishing more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens and zoonotic agents such as Cryptosporidium and enteric viruses and source tracking techniques. She has been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, and coastal environments as well as drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, reclaimed water and water reuse. She specifically interested in microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and risks to recreational waters. She has been involved in the study of climate factors on water quality. Dr. Rose has been involved in the development of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) frameworks, methods and data sets and considered one of the international experts in this evolving arena. She was named as one of the 21 most influential people in Water in the 21st Century by Water Technology Magazine in 2000 and won the Clarke Water Prize ($50,000 prize and one of 5 international awards for contributions to water science and technology). Current service on advisory committees include 1) Chair of the Drinking Water Committee for the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2) Vice-Chair of USA National Committee for the International Water Association, 2002-05, 4) Member of the Strategic Council for IWA 2005-08, 3) Chair of the Specialist Group Health-Related Water Microbiology (IWA).

Felicia WU

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, East East Lansing, USA

Dr. Felicia Wu is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Her research concerns the global health and economic risks of foodborne toxins, and the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of interventions to improve food safety in resource-poor settings. For her research on the impact of aflatoxin regulations on global liver cancer, Dr. Wu was awarded a National Institutes of Health EUREKA Award. She has been commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to estimate the global burden of disease caused by foodborne aflatoxin and foodborne arsenic. Dr. Wu serves on the expert roster of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations, and is one of three recipients of the 2011 Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)-Zhongyu award for global environmental research. She is an area editor for three journals: Risk Analysis, World Mycotoxin Journal, and Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health.  Dr. Wu earned her PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and her AB and SM in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.

Plenary Speakers & Chairs

Cezmi AKDIS

Walter J. AMMANN

President, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Switzerland

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.

Jamie BARTRAM

Director, Water Institute and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Jamie Bartram coordinates the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit at the World Health Organization's headquarters.  The Unit has been recognised for international leadership in development and application of evidence based policy and good practice.  He has also served as coordinator of WHO’s Unit for Assessing and Managing Environmental Risks to Health. Dr Bartram has worked in diverse areas of public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment and health and water supply and sanitation.  He has worked in around 30 developing and developed countries worldwide. Dr Bartram was awarded the IWA (International Water Association) 'Grand Award' in 2004, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, UK.  He was the first, elected, chair of UN-Water.  He was previously Manager, Water and Wastes at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome and Head of the Environmental Health Division of the Robens Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK.

Daniel BRISSON

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work University of Denver, Denver, USA

Daniel Brisson is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. He teaches in the areas of community practice, research and statistics. Daniel's scholarship is focused on improving the health and well-being of families living in low-income neighborhoods.  Daniel has studied the impact of social cohesion and social capital in the lives of families living in low-income neighborhoods.  He is currently studying subsidized housing and the support services that are most effective for low-income families.  Daniel is actively working with a number of community partners on his research including the Denver Housing Authority, Mercy Housing, and the Piton Foundation.

Tarzisius CAVIEZEL

Mayor, City of Davos, Davos, Switzerland

Tarzisius Caviezel is a local Swiss politician and currently the Mayor of the city of Davos. Before starting his political carreer he was a sucessful businessman. In 1982 he founded, the energy company Elektro AG Caviezel in Davos, which is now part of the Burkhalter Holding AG. From 1997 to 2007 he led the Burkhalter Holding AG as CEO and was represented on the board of the Burkhalter Group until 2012. From 2007 to 2011 Tarzisius Caviezel represented the canton of Grisons in the Swiss National Council. Since January 2013, he leads the Chief Magistrate of the the Municipality of Davos, as its Mayor.

Mario CAVIGELLI

Government Councillor, Head of Department for construction, transport, and forestry, Canton of Grisons, Chur, Switzerland

Mario  Cavigelli was born in 1965 in Switzerland. After studying law at the University of St. Gallen and Freiburg, he was awarded a doctorate in jurisprudence in 1994. He worked in his chosen career as an independent attorney and partner at a law and notary public office in Chur until his election to the government of the Canton Grisons. In addition, he was active in the following bodies: President of the Union of Hospitals and Homes for Grisons, president of the Board of Psychiatric Services Grisons, Member of the Board at the Union of Raiffeisen Banks, president of the Board of the Raiffeisen Bank for the Rhein Valley in Grisons. Mario Cavigelli was a member of the parliament of Grisons from 2000 - 2010. Following his election to the government for the Canton Grisons, he has presided since January 1, 2011 over the department for Construction, Traffic, and Forestry for Canton Grisons. The following areas are among his primary responsibilities: Energy – Road construction – Construction - Forestry – Hunting and Fishing.

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.

Peter Wallace DANIELS

Deputy Director, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong, Australia

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.

Achim DOBERMANN

Deputy Director General for Research, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines

Achim Dobermann is the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He is a soil scientist and agronomist with 25 years’ experience working in many world regions. He is recognized internationally as an authority on science and technology for food security and sustainable management of the world’s major cereal cropping systems. He has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific papers and several books and has received numerous awards from various academic, government and industry organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. He currently provides strategic leadership and oversight for the IRRI’s research and outreach programs on genetic resources, biotechnology, rice breeding, crop and natural resources management, climate change, socioeconomic and policy research, information sharing, and capacity building. Dr. Dobermann has also led the development of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a unique new program that provides for the first time a single strategy and partnership platform for global rice R&D, including over 900 public, civil society and private sector partners. Achim earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in tropical agriculture from the University of Leipzig in Germany. He started his research career as a PhD student in the late 1980s, doing field research in a village in southern Russia. He first joined the International Rice Research Institute as a soil scientist in 1992, followed by an appointment as Professor for soil science and nutrient management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2000 to 2007, where he worked on new concepts for an ecological intensification of crop production systems.

Curt ELLIS

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FoodCorps, New York, USA

After growing up in Oregon and finding his passion for food and agriculture at The Mountain School and Yale, Curt moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic. The film he co-created there, King Corn, produced with Ian Cheney and Aaron Woolf, received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, helped drive policy discussion around the Farm Bill, and earned a George Foster Peabody Award. Under his Food and Community Fellowship with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Ellis helped launch the mobile garden project Truck Farm and directed Big River, a sequel to King Corn, for Discovery's Planet Green. Ellis is a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur and a recipient of the Heinz Award. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR, is a frequent speaker on college campuses, and serves on the Board of Directors of Slow Food USA.

Claude FAVROT

Head Dermatology Department, Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Marco FERRONI

Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Switzerland

An expert in international agriculture and sustainability issues, Marco Ferroni joined the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture as its Executive Director in 2008 after a career in multilateral institutions and government. Before joining the Syngenta Foundation, Marco Ferroni worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in Washington DC. As deputy manager of the Sustainable Development Department of the IDB, he was responsible for regional sector policy and technical support to the Bank’s country departments. As the IDB’s principal evaluation officer he assessed the relevance, performance and results of Bank strategies and investments. As a senior advisor at the World Bank he advised on donor relations and directed work on international public goods and their role in development, foreign aid and international affairs. Earlier in his career, he was an economist and division chief for development cooperation and international trade in the government of Switzerland.

Shana Cecile GILLETTE

Co-Director, Feed the Future Collaborative Research Innovation Lab: Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change, and Assistant Professor of Risk Communication, Dept. of Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

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.

Gerard GOVERS

Professor , Dept. of Earth and Env. Sciences, University of Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium

Gerard Govers is a professor in geography at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. He has been doing research on soil erosion and degradation for over three decades using field monitoring, experimentation and modeling to understand how degradation may transform soils and affect their functioning, both at the short and long time scale. His research was not limited to fundamental aspects of soils science. He also worked on the development of agricultural techniques designed to reduce soil erosion and conserve water, in collaboration with local farmers and the agro-technical industry: the results of this work have led to increasing awareness among farmers and changes in legislation promoting the conservation of the soil resource. At present, he is strongly engaged in research concerning the impact of soil erosion on biogeochemical cycles, including carbon emission.

Ian GRAY

Professor and senior advisor to the President, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized food scientists and former director of MSU AgBioResearch, formerly the Michigan Agricultural Experimental Station. Dr Gary begun his MSU career in 1978 when he joined the faculty of food science and human nutrition. Dr. Gray’s research expertise focuses on the formation of toxic compounds in foods as a result of processing and cooking. His research contributed to a large body of work that has led to safer, more healthful food. He has produced more than 170 scientific journal publications and has presented more than 120 papers at scientific meetings. Among his work: MSU’s findings that tart cherries possess healthful antioxidants properties. Dr. Gray served as MSU Vice President for Research and is now a senior advisor to President Lou Anna K. Simon. A native of Northern Ireland, Dr. Gray received his doctoral degree in food science from Queen’s University in Belfast, conducted postdoctoral research at MSU and was a faculty of food science at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Johannes HEEB

Operational Manager, International Centre for Water Management Services (CEWAS), Willisau, Switzerland

Johannes Heeb has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of regional development, sustainable resource management and ecological engineering. In his positions as chairman of the executive board of seecon international, associate director of regiosuisse, co-founder of the International Ecological Engineering Society (IEES) and as a lecturer at the University of Basel and Lucerne, he is a leader in combining business competence with sustainable water, sanitation and resource management. Drawing from his long experience, Johannes Heeb links cewas and the Start-Up participants with an international, high-level network as well as coaching and lecturing.

Eve HEYN

Manager of Communications & External Affairs, GBCHealth, New York, USA

Eve Heyn is a New York writer, editor and communications consultant for leading global healthcare companies and nonprofits. A seasoned journalist with exceptional writing skills and deep-subject expertise, she offers full communications services from Web sites and annual reports to speeches, op-eds, message development and communications strategies. As Communications Manager, Eve Heyn helps lead and support communications for GBCHealth, including digital, print and marketing communications, social media, long-term strategy, messaging, thought leadership and media relations. Eve is also a communications consultant to leading global health companies, non-profits and foundations. Select projects have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the international communications firms Global Health Strategies, Edelman and Burness Communications and the health companies GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Topics have ranged from malaria and infectious and neglected diseases to vaccines, drug development, women's and children’s health and public-private partnerships. A former journalist, Eve has more than 15 years experience as a reporter at leading newspapers and magazines, including Gannett and People magazine. She earned her MS at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her BA from New York University, where she taught in the journalism department as an adjunct professor for a decade.

Jeffrey M. Jenson

PhD, Professor, University of Denver, Denver, USA

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Ph.D., is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk and Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Dr. Jenson’s teaching and research interests address the etiology and prevention of child and adolescent problems of bullying, aggression, school dropout, and juvenile delinquency. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting positive youth development. Dr. Jenson has published six books and numerous articles on topics of prevention and child and adolescent development. He has received several awards for his scholarship, including the Aaron Rosen Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. Dr. Jenson received the University of Denver Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003 and the University Lecturer Award in 2007. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Work Research from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Jenson was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011.

Olga B. JONAS

Economic Adviser, Operational Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenzas, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA

Ms. Jonas has been responsible for coordinating the World Bank Group’s operational response to avian and human pandemic influenza threats and for working with Senior UN Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) on monitoring the overall global response since 2006. Among other assignments, she was the lead World Bank author of the joint UN-World Bank global progress reports and delivered presentations on the global response to five ministerial conferences on avian and pandemic influenzas in 2006-10. She oversaw the World Bank’s global program for avian influenza response and pandemic influenza preparedness, which provided $1.3 billion to developing countries. This included the Avian and Human Influenza Facility which made grants to countries to improve their public veterinary and human health capacities. She has also addressed other meetings on pandemic threats. Her prior assignments included lead economist work on two replenishments of the International Development Association (IDA), which is a part of the World Bank Group, lead economist of the World Bank/Commonwealth task force on small states, emergency response policy, extractive industries review, and macroeconomic operational work with francophone African countries. Ms Jonas joined the World Bank Group in 1983 through the Young Professionals Program. Prior to that she held positions at Princeton University, the Bank for International Settlements, and the OECD. She was educated at Williams College and Princeton.

Inge KAUL

Former Head, UN Human Development Report Office, UNDP, and Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

Inge Kaul is adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany and advisor to various governmental, multilateral and non-profit organizations on policy options to meet global challenges, including new and innovative ways of international-cooperation finance and global-issue diplomacy . She was the first director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, a position, which she held from 1989 to 1994, and director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies from 1995 to 2005. Inge Kaul is the author of numerous publications on international public economics and finance and the lead editor of Providing Global Public Goods; Managing Globalization (Oxford University Press, New York, 2003) and The New Public Finance; Responding to Global Challenges (Oxford University Press, New York, 2006). Her current research focuses on: the changing role of the state; links between regionalization and globalization; the future(s) of multilateralism, with special reference to the role of the G-20; and the provision of contested global public goods.

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.

Shubha KUMAR

Assistant Professor and Director of Programs, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA

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.

Asfaw KUMSSA

Coordinator, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nairobi, Kenya

Asfaw Kumssa is the coordinator of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Africa Office, Nairobi, Kenya. He has published extensively on urban and regional development, human security and conflict. His co-edited books include Globalization and the New Regional Development; The Cost of Reform: the Social Aspect of Transitional Economies; and Climate Change and Sustainable Urban Development in Africa and Asia.

John MACKENZIE

Retired Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences , Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

John Mackenzie is a retired Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases and part-time Faculty Member at Curtin University, Western Australia, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and Honorary Senior Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne. He was formerly Professor of Microbiology and Tropical Infectious Diseases at the University of Queensland. He received his PhD in 1969 from the Australian National University where he worked with Professor Frank Fenner and Dr Robert Webster. He was then a faculty member at the University of Western Australia for 22 years, working principally on influenza and mosquito-borne viral diseases. He was elected Secretary-General of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) from 1999-2005, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and is a Past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and the Asia-Pacific Society for Medical Virology. In 2002, he was appointed as Officer in the Order of Australia for services to public health research and to education, and in 2005, he was the inaugural recipient of the Academy of Science Malaysia’s Mahathir Science Award for Excellence in Tropical Research. He serves on a number of international committees with the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO) and other Non- Government Organizations. He is a member of the steering committee of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, and a consultant to the new International Health Regulations (2005). Over the past year he has served as Chair of the IHR Emergency Committee for Influenza H1N1. His recent research interests have been in mosquito-borne virus diseases and emerging zoonotic viruses, and he has published over 300 major papers and research chapters on these and other research topics concerned with human and animal viral diseases.

Michael J. MANFREDO

Professor and Head of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Michael J. Manfredo is 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.

Vinod B. MATHUR

Director-General, Wildlife Institute of India

Vinod B. Mathur is the Dean, Faculty of Wildlife Sciences at Wildlife Institute of India. He obtained his doctorate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom in 1991. He is also the Deputy Vice-Chair of the IUCN-WCPA (Asia); Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO (Wildlife Conservation and Management) and member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA). He is currently serving as member of Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India Committees on World Heritage Conservation, Biosphere Reserves, Management Effectiveness Evaluation and Environment Appraisal of Coal and Thermal Projects. Dr. Mathur started his career as a professional forester by joining the Indian Forest Service in 1983. He worked as a forest and wildlife manager in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. He joined the faculty of the Wildlife Institute of India in 1986 and has now spent 25 years in WII, actively contributing to its wide range of training, research and academic programmes. Dr. Mathur has extensive experience as an international trainer and his special interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental and strategic impact assessment, biodiversity informatics and natural heritage conservation.

Peter Felix MBITHI

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Prof. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance and Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University Of Nairobi (UoN). Born in 1956, Prof. Mbithi graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 1983 and an MSc. in Clinical Studies in 1985. In 1987, Prof. Mbithi graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc. Veterinary Anesthesiology Radiology and Surgery) from University of Saskatchewan, Canada.Between 1986 and 1987, he did a Surgical Residency – Advanced Surgical Specialty Program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. In 1995, Prof. Mbithi completed his PhD at UoN. Between 1995 and 2003 he was Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies, in 2003 he served as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences until he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, a position he has held to date.He has supervised MSc students and PhD students and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of several professional organizations.Clinical veterinary medicine and orthopeadic surgery, wounding and traumatology with special interest in lameness and joint surgery are some of Prof. Mbithi research interests.

Purvi MEHTA

Regional Representative, South Asia, International Lifestock Research Institute ILRI, Philippines

Purvi Mehta is the head of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)’s global capacity development initiatives. She has been involved with a large number of capacity development, outreach, and technology transfer initiatives around the world and brings over 16 years of experience designing and implementing capacity development and stakeholder networking interventions. Purvi joined ILRI in 2009 as the Capacity Strengthening Officer in Partnerships and Communications’ Capacity Strengthening and Training Programme (CaST). CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • Director of Science Ashram working with more than 60,000 farmers in India. • Country coordinator for South Asia Biosafety Program supported by IFPRI and USAID. • One of the Global authors for International Assessment for Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. • One of the three members of the expert committee formed by the CGIAR secretariat to review CGIAR-CSO program. • Given talks, conducted workshops on capacity development issues, technology transfer and developing country farmers’ issues in over 27 international meetings in 11 countries and several international organizations including the World Bank, CGIAR secretariat, FAO, OECD.

Antonella MURARO

Head of the Regional Referral Centre for Food Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment in the Padua General University Hospital, Padua, Italy

Antonella Muraro is a Consultant Paediatric Allergist and full time member of the academic staff. She has been working for 20 years at the Allergy Unit of the Department of Paediatrics of the University of Padua, in particular in the field of paediatric food allergy, rhinitis and sinusitis as well as on prevention of allergic diseases in childhood. She has been professor of Pediatric Allergology at the Allergy and Clinical Immunology School, University of Padua since 1990. In 1992 she achieved a PhD at the University of Rome. Since 2001 she has been member of the Board of the Section on Pediatrics of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and since 2003 she has been the scientific secretary of the EAACI - Section on Pediatrics Board; from 2007 to 2009 she has been the Chairman of the same EAACI Section. Since 2004 she has been member of the the Italian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She is also Member of American College of Allergy, Italian Society of Pediatrics, Italian Society for Pediatric Respiratory diseases. She is the chairwoman of the EAACI task-force on anaphylaxis in children, the EAACI Task Force on the Allergic Child at School, the EAACI Task Force on the Food Allergy Clinical Practice Guidelines and she is the author of many publications on food allergy and atopic dermatitis in Italian and International journals. She has organizated some international meetings and courses.

Reza NASSIRI

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).

Nikos PAPADOPOULOS

Secretary General, European Academy of Allergy Clinical Immunology EAACI, Greece

Nikos Papadopoulos is associate professor of Allergy and Pediatric Allergy at the University of Athens (NKUA) and head of the Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, NKUA. He did his medical studies and specialization at the University of Athens and post‐graduate studies at the University of Southampton. He is author of over 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. His research studies on the interaction of viral infections with allergy and asthma have received wide attention, earning a number of international awards. He is regularly invited to give presentations at international meetings. He is the coordinator of the European Union‐funded consortium ‘PreDicta’, looking into the role of respiratory viruses in asthma persistence. He has served, among other, in committees of EAACI, GA2LEN, WAO, EFA and ARIA. He is currently the Secretary General of the EAACI.

Katey PELICAN

Assistant Professor, Head of Ecosystem Health Initiative and Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

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.

Steve PUEPPKE

Associate Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University; Director of Global and Strategic Initiatives, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, Lansing, USA

A Native of North Dakota, Steve Pueppke has a BS degree from Michigan State University (1971) and a PhD degree in plant pathology from Cornell University (1975). He held research positions at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Florida before becoming Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Missouri in 1984. He later became Unit Leader of Plant Science there. He was a visiting professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1989-90), and the University of Marburg, Germany (1996-97). Dr. Pueppke was Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois from 1998-2006 and Director of MSU AgBioResearch from 2006-2013. Dr. Pueppke has served on several boards and committees within the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and is the former chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Policy. He is a past president of the board of the National Council on Food and Agricultural Research and past chairperson of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. Since arriving at MSU, Dr. Pueppke has served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and on the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission. He is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society and in 2008 received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes Académiques from the Republic of France. Dr. Pueppke has published more than 125 peer reviewed papers over a 40 year scientific career. His current professional interests include agricultural biotechnology, 21st century food systems, and strategy.

Geof RAYNER

Centre for Food Policy, City University London, London, UK

Geof Rayner works across the health/public health/ ecology divide, as well as within social policy, food, and farming, not failing to mention the photographic arts, arguing for an integrative and ecological perspective on science and art, policy and advocacy. Born in working class Liverpool in 1950 Geof Rayner emigrated with his family to Queensland, Australia, returning to the UK to complete schooling in the 1960s. While working on building sites, fairgrounds and public parks in his spare time he participated in NGOs promoting welfare rights and community advocacy. During this time he helped establish a community health action centre in a working class district of London and began an undergraduate degree, this leading on to PhD research in the sociology of health organisations. He was employed in a variety of research and teaching posts, including at University of London Goldsmiths College and City University of New York. He co-founded Photofusion (photofusion.org), now the UK’s largest independent photography centre, of which he is chair, and the academic journal Critical Social Policy. In the mid-1980s, he gave up full time academic work to devote himself to public health advocacy and the revival of public health in local government. During this time he established one of the UK’s first HIV/AIDS charities, London’s first pharmacy needle exchange scheme, worked with drugs and alcohol charities, and organised the launch of the Public Health Alliance, a new advocacy organisation across public health.  Geof has been a trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, No Smoking Day, and was the first chair of the UK Public Health Association.  Among other positions, he was professor associate in public health at Brunel University and is currently honorary visiting research fellow at City University London. Recent research includes a study of private public partnerships in Europe, for the European Commission. Geof’s membership of research and advisory panels include Foresight and the Department of Health’s expert group on obesity, and bodies in the field of gambling problems research. His most recent book, with Tim Lang, is Ecological Public Health: Reshaping the Conditions of Good Health (Routledge). His next book, with Gina Glover and Jessica Rayner, which combines ecological thought with photography and fine art, is The Metabolic Landscape: Perception, Practice and the Energy Transition, (Black Dog Publishing) to be published in February 2014.

Andreas RECHKEMMER

Professor, American Humane Endowed Chair, University of Denver, and Chief Science and Policy Advisor, GRF Davos, Denver, USA

Andreas Rechkemmer is chief science and policy advisor of the Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland, and has recently been appointed American Humane Endowed Chair, at the University of Denver. Rechkemmer is a scholar and practitioner of international relations and political science. He has a background in United Nations diplomacy and science-to-practice management, particularly in the areas of global environmental change and climate change, sustainability, human development, and the human and societal dimensions of risk and security. His scholarship also focuses on One Health, a multidisciplinary effort to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. He is also a professor of human dimensions of natural resources (affiliate faculty) at Colorado State University, a guest professor at Beijing Normal University in China and an adjunct professor at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Natalie ROSCHNIK

School Health and Nutrition Advisor, Department of Education and Child Development, Save the Children USA, Washington DC, USA

Arno ROSEMARIN

Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Arno Rosemarin has a multidisciplinary environmental and natural resources background with a speciality in water resources management, limnology and aquatic toxicology. His specialities include ecological sanitation, nutrient flows, eutrophication of freshwater and marine systems, aquatic eco-toxicology and he has skills in communications, programme development, capacity building, research management, field and laboratory research, writing/editing and training. Arno completed his PhD in 1982 at Queen’s University, Canada on the nutrient kinetics of the Great Lakes attached algae Cladophora glomerata and Stigeoclonium tenue. His MSc at Univ of Ottawa (1970-1974) examined indicator lotic periphyton downstream of sewage treatment plants and pulp and paper mills. He worked from 1974 to 1982 at the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, from 1982 to 1986 at the Baltic Sea Laboratory in Karlskrona, Sweden, from 1986-1990 as Editor-in-Chief of AMBIO at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and has been at SEI since 1991 as Communications Director and Manager of the EcoSanRes Programme since 2001.

Pan Dong RYU

Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

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.

Boleslaw SAMOLINSKI

Chairman, Sub-Committee on Priorities of Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Poland, Poland

Boleslaw Samoliński is professor and head of the Prevention of Environmental Hazards and Allergology Department and director of the Environmental Health Centre of the Warsaw Medical University. He is also head of the Clinical Immunology Department of the Central Teaching Hospital. Boleslaw Samoliński is chairman of the Sub-Committee on Priorities of Public Health during the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, national consultant for public health, president-elect of the Polish Society of Allergology and chairman of ARIA CC in Poland. Two of his most important research projects are the Epidemiology of Allergic Diseases in Poland (ww.ECAP.pl) and Global Adult Tobacco Smoke Survey (GATS).

David SKOLE

Professor, Global Ecology, Remote Sensing, and GIS, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University MSU, East Lansing, USA

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.

Ulrich SPERLING

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

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.

Marc STETTER

Dean of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, USA

Marc Stetter is currently the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Stetter comes to CSU from the Disney Company where he was the Director of Animal Programs. He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1988 and then completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York. From there, he served as Associate Veterinarian at the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.   Dr. Stetter then completed a residency in zoological medicine at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. He joined Disney as a staff veterinarian in 1997. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and served as president of that organization. He is a recent member of the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation and is founder and President of the Elephant Population Management Program.

Philip TEDESCHI

Professor, Executive Director, Institute of Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver, Denver, USA

Philip Tedeschi Clinical Professor coordinates GSSW's Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program and teaches forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches. He’s executive director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. A certified master therapeutic riding instructor and former course director/instructor with Outward Bound, Tedeschi has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families. He also has experience in interpersonal violence, including animal abuse and sexually abusive youth and adults. An appointed member of the Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, Tedeschi also evaluates and treats sexual offenders. He is a founder and clinical administrator of Hand Up Homes for Youth Inc., and founder of Sexual Offense Resource Services.

Edward D. (Ned) WALKER

Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics , Michigan State University, East East Lansing, USA

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.

Chadia WANNOUS

Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations System Influenza Coordination UNSIC, Switzerland

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.

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.