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Lis has been involved in the design of the Danish Salmonella surveillance-and-control programme. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in the development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes. Lis has been involved in the entire shift of the meat inspection of swine from traditional to visual-only. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes. Lis has been engaged in risk assessments for use of antimicrobials in livestock, development of official AM guidelines, and analyses of association between antimicrobials, biosecurity, vaccination and productivity in the Danish pig sector. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes.

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Michael is public health physician and professor of public health at the University of Otago in Wellington. He has a long-standing interest in all types of infectious diseases as well as environmental health more generally, including the health effects of farming practices, climate change and housing conditions. Michael is leading and collaborating on multiple research projects concerned with infectious disease epidemiology and control, with a particularly focus on zoonoses, rheumatic fever and influenza. He is Director of the University’s Health Environment Infection Research Unit (HEIRU) and is a founding member of One Health Aotearoa (OHA).

Jackie is an Associate Professor who co-directs the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory, an OIE collaborating centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, in the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University. Her inter-disciplinary team uses and develops cutting edge tools to answer questions about attribution and transmission of infectious disease. Jackie is a veterinarian with 20 years’ experience working in clinical practice and in the meat industry in New Zealand and the UK before returning to Massey. The theme that runs through her present research is deepening her understanding of community needs for research to reduce the burden of infectious disease.

Adrian is a Senior Scientist at AgResearch Limited and is based at the Hopkirk Research Institute in Palmerston North. His main area of research interest (>20 years) is the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens, especially Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), and their role in veterinary and public health. Adrian also holds an Associate Professor adjunct position at Massey University and works closely with staff within the mEpiLab on various research programmes to investigate the colonisation and transmission of STEC within the ruminant host, on-farm and the wider environment.

Nigel is Chief Scientist for the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health in the School of Veterinary Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand. Nigel is also founder and Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre, specializing in research and training in molecular epidemiology, food safety and the control of infectious diseases, and Co-director of One Health Aotearoa https://onehealth.org.nz/. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 9 book chapters; many in the area of food safety, public health and the control of infectious diseases. Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, a member of the New Zealand Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council. He holds honorary/visiting professorships at the University of Surrey in the UK and the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand. He was the recipient of the Massey University Research Medal in 2012 and recipient of the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries ‘Significant Contribution to Food Safety’ award in 2018. He was also Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018.

Haileyesus is working on antimicrobial resistance in the WHO. Currently he is Director of Global Coordination and Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance at WHO and in this capacity he also directs the Triparite Joint Secretariat on Antimicrobial Resistance of FAO,OIE and WHO. Haileyesus was Director of the Secretariat of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance that was established by the UN Secretary General and released a ground-breaking report on how to respond to the global antimicrobial resistance in April 2018. Prior to his work on antimicrobial resistance, Haileyesus was leading WHO’s efforts on HIV-associated TB and TB prevention as well as integrated community-based TB activities. Before joining WHO, Dr Getahun worked in several public health areas in both government and non-governmental sectors. He was trained as a medical doctor in Ethiopia and obtained a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in public health and epidemiology from the University of Brussels, Ghent University and Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium respectively. He has contributed nearly 100 peer reviewed publications on different topics and has written several scientific book chapters. He was recipient of the prestigious Union Scientific Prize in November 2011 for his global work on TB and HIV.

David is Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. A clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician by background, his main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis and prevention of respiratory tract infections, pneumococcal disease, legionellosis, bloodstream infections, and the role of vitamin D in infectious diseases. He is Co-Director of One Health Aotearoa, an alliance of New Zealand’s leading infectious diseases researchers that aims to improve health and well-being through integrated, cross-sectoral and ‘whole of society’ approaches to health hazards.

Nigel is a veterinary epidemiologist with broad interests in animal health, welfare and production. Nigel was appointed Head of School, School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in October 2017. Prior to joining UQ in 2016 he had been a Director of AusVet Animal Health Services Pty Ltd, a private epidemiology consultancy company, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Massey University. Nigel has worked on projects involving wildlife, livestock, pet, human and environmental outcomes in Australia and many overseas countries. He graduated from UQ with a veterinary degree in 1984, followed by post-graduate degrees at The Ohio State University (MS in reproductive physiology) and Massey University (PhD in epidemiology).

Dirk graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany in 1984. This was followed by postgraduate research towards a Dr.med.vet degree at the same university. He obtained a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1994, where he also worked as an academic for 9 years. Since 1999, he has been holding the Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, UK. In 2016, Dirk joined City University of Hong Kong as Chair Professor of One Health, while still maintaining a 20% appointment at RVC. He is currently the Chow Tak Fung Chair Professor of One Health. Dirk’s research has covered many diseases and production systems around the world, with a special emphasis on translation of science into policy, evidence-based veterinary medicine, analytical epidemiology, advanced multivariate techniques, spatial and temporal analysis of epidemiological data, development of animal health information systems, computer modelling of animal disease, and field ecological research methods. Dirk has extensive experience in advisory roles to policy makers such as the European Union, the United Nations and several national governments.

Since 2010, Carmen has been working as a Technical Officer in the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses (renamed the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety in 2020) at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of the Secretariat of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), Carmen works to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration nationally and internationally to facilitate communication on food safety issues, particularly during emergencies. A skilled public speaker and facilitator, Carmen regularly runs workshops and training courses on a wide range of technical topics related to food safety and foodborne disease detection, prevention and response. Prior to joining WHO, Carmen worked from 2007 as an epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada within the Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, investigating national outbreaks of foodborne illness. An avid traveller, Carmen has visited more than 40 countries on 5 continents for both professional endeavours and personal adventures. Carmen obtained his BSc in biomedical science from the University of Guelph (Canada), as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the University’s College of Business and Economics and a MPH from the University of Waterloo (Canada). His PhD research at Lancaster University (United Kingdom) has focused on improving communication during food safety emergencies and facilitating knowledge transfer and exchange among an international community of practitioners on matters related to food safety.

Matthew is a veterinary epidemiologist from New Zealand, and the Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their Paris headquarters. After five years in mixed veterinary practice, Matthew worked for the next 20 years with the government veterinary authority of New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries, serving in numerous veterinary and management roles, including as the New Zealand Delegate to the OIE. In that capacity he served as the Secretary General for the OIE Asia Far East and Oceania region. Matthew has been President of the Epidemiology Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association; and a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the New Zealand Veterinary Council; the Stakeholder Council for the New Zealand Tb Free and National Animal Identification and Traceability programmes; and the Wellington SPCA Board. In OIE Matthew oversees the organisation’s processes for setting international standards; the global strategies for foot and mouth disease (FMD), peste des petits ruminants (PPR), Rabies, Animal Welfare and antimicrobial resistance (AMR); and represented OIE on the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group for AMR.

Professor Darren Trott graduated from Murdoch University School of Veterinary Science in 1990. He worked in companion animal practice for eight years during which time he also completed an Honours degree and PhD. Following PhD graduation, he spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in Ames, Iowa and since mid-2000, has been a full-time academic at The University of Queensland (2000-2009) and University of Adelaide (2010-present). In 2016, he established and was appointed inaugural Director of the first new Research Centre at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide, The Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology. Prof Trott’s research covers a broad area. He has focused on antimicrobial resistance issues facing companion, performance and food-producing animal health and their impacts to public health as well as develop new and repurposed antimicrobial agents for resistant infections. Most recently he has focused attention on the microbiome and is particularly interested in the effects of antimicrobials on gut health, particularly early in life.

Elwin is a 5th year veterinary student at Utrecht University with a great interest in climate change and the effect it has on all aspects of life. He is the current president of the International Veterinary Students’ Association and thus will be able to give a students’ perspective on the climate change debate.

Speaker bio to come.

Ruth is a veterinarian who specialised in the molecular epidemiology of bacterial infectious diseases affecting livestock and humans. During and after her DVM, MSc, MRes and PhD training in the Netherlands, she lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe, with additional collaborations in South America and Southeast Asia. Her interest is in understanding transmission and control of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance determinants that affect the health, welfare and productivity of people and animals. While her initial focus was on biological understanding of such processes, behavioural and societal drivers have become increasingly important elements of recent collaborations. Her work has been funded by farmers’ organisations, industry, research councils and government bodies, and goes from barn to bioinformatics and beyond. She joined the University of Sydney in September 2019 and is currently Professor of Production Animal Health in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science in the Faculty of Science.