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Strategic Advisory Group

The GRF One Health Summit Strategic Advisory Group supports the chairman in the preparation of the 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015. GRF Davos is grateful for the support of the Strategic Advisory Group which consists of (in alphabetical order):

Ioana AGACHE

EAACI Vice-President Communication & Membership, Associate Professor, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania  

Ioana Agache is Associate Professor in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania and Vice-President Communication & Membership of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) 2013-2017.  Her research in the field of Asthma and Allergy and Clinical Immunology focused on several key areas, ranging from disease phenotype and endotypes to the concept of integrated management of allergic diseases, with a special focus on the primary care system. She is member of the Steering Committee and co-author of several international and European Guidelines, such as ARIA (Allergic Rhinits and its impact on Asthma), EAACI Allergen Immunotherapy Guidelines and EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines. She is Editor of the Global Atlas of Asthma (2013), Global Atlas of Allergy (2014), Global Atlas of Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis (2015), Associate Editor of Clinical and Translational Allergy and a member of the Reviewer Board for Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She graduated with a medical degree from “Carol Davila” University, Bucharest and absolved Magna Cum Laude her PhD in Internal Medicine.

Cezmi AKDIS

Walter J. Ammann

Founder and President, Chairman GRF One Health Summit, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland

Dr. Walter J. Ammann obtained his MSc in Civil Engineering and his PhD in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering both at ETH Zurich. 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. From 1992 to 2007, he was 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, in particular by considering the entire risk cycle with prevention, preparedness, intervention and recovery, risk financing tools, but also emergency management and communication tools with a focus on early warning, crisis management, critical infrastructures, and resilience increase. Climate change related hazards and risks, their adaptation and mitigation and their harmonization with disaster and risk reduction is of particular concern for him. He is author and co-author of over 250 papers, books and scientific reports and is a member of various national and international professional associations and expert consulting groups like the UN-ISDR Science and Technology Council and is Visiting Professor at HIT in Harbin, China.

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).

Yuichi ONO

Assistant Director and Professor, International and Regional Cooperation Office Disaster Information Management and Public Collaboration Division International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Yuichi completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utsunomiya University, Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Geography at Kent State University in 2001. He conducted research on tornado disaster risk reduction in the U.S.A., Japan, and Bangladesh. During 2002-03, he worked for the World Meteorological Organization and contributed to developing a disaster risk reduction programme and emergency response mechanism when hydrometeorological disasters occur in the WMO’s member countries. During 2003-09, he worked for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. He contributed to organize the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005. He assisted developing the International Early Warning Programme and helped manage the ISDR Scientific and Technical Committee as well. Following the Sumatra Tsunami in 2004, he helped develop the Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System. During 2009-12, he worked for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP in Bangkok) as Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Section, providing a regional platform for cooperation and policy-making for disaster risk reduction, with particular attention to developing countries and vulnerable groups. ESCAP has an intergovernmental process in disaster risk reduction with its 62 member countries. He proposed to develop disaster statistics in the Asia and Pacific region based on official sources. In November, 2012, he became a professor of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, located in Sendai, Japan. His main role is to promote scientific and technical research outcomes of the IRIDeS and bring them to international policy making processes. He currently acts as an Assistant Director of the IRIDeS, a chair of the Multi-Hazard Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and a Director of the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics, which is a joint programme with UNDP.

James Herbert WILLIAMS

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

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. James Herbert’s research, publications, training, and community services focus on human security and economic sustainability, health promotion and disease prevention, behavioral health disparities and health equity, global practice and sustainable development, adolescent violence and substance use, mental health services for African American children in urban schools, disproportionate minority confinement of African American youth in the juvenile justice system, school safety and violence prevention, and community strategies for positive youth development.  His scholarship has been published in several prominent health and social science journals.     Dr. Williams has 30 plus years of experience as both a practitioner and scholar/educator.  He has served on two Council on Social Work Education Commissions and was a member of the working group to develop clinical competencies and behavioral health disparities and is currently a member of the Commission on Educational Policy.  He is the Editor-in-Chief for Social Work Research.  He has served as a member of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Board of Directors as a member-at-large, Vice-President and currently the President-Elect.  He served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD) and co-chaired the NADD task force on health disparities.