Speakers in Plenary

SPEAKERS IN SESSION 1: Setting the scene

Dr. Otto Cars is the founder and serves as senior adviser to the ReAct Group. He is also a Senior Professor of Infectious Disesases at Uppsala University. He is an MD and specialist in infectious diseases and a former head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University Hospital. In 2003, he was appointed Professor of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance at Uppsala University, and since 2014 he holds a position as Senior Professor.

Otto Cars was leading the Swedish strategic programme against antimicrobial resistance (Strama) on behalf of the Swedish government between 1995- 2010. He has served as an expert to the World Health Organization and several European Agencies and was as a member of the UN ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG). Otto Cars is the founder of the international network Action on Antibiotic Resistance  -ReAct ( www.reactgroup.org) which, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, since 2005 is working on all continents as a catalyst, advocating for and supporting multilevel engagement on antibiotic resistance.


Dr Keith Sumption is the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (CVO-FAO). He is the Leader of the Animal Health Programme (NSAH), and Director of the Joint Centre for Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) (CJWZ).

He has worked on disease ecology at the interaction of wildlife, domestic and the environment for more than 30 years, from initial studies on how disease can affect ecosystem balances (for his first degree in Ecology), through PhD studies on African Swine Fever in wild and domestic hosts in southern Africa, and more than 17 years of management of epizootic diseases (Foot-and-mouth disease, FMD) in the wildlife –domestic interface as Secretary for the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) Commission based in FAO. Since June 2020 he has been CVO for FAO, and since July, the Director of FAO’s Centre for Zoonoses and AMR (CJWZ), and leader of FAO’s animal health service.


Dame Sally Davies is the UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance. She was appointed as the UK Government’s Special Envoy on AMR in 2019. She is also the 40th Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University.

Dame Sally was the Chief Medical Officer for England and Senior Medical Advisor to the UK Government from 2011-2019. She has become a leading figure in global health including serving as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board 2014-2016 and as co-convener of the United Nations Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), reporting in 2019. In November 2020, Dame Sally was announced as a member of the new Global Leaders Group on AMR. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Dame Sally became the second woman (and the first outside the Royal family) to be appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to public health and research, having received her DBE in 2009.

Eldar Shafir is Class of 1987 Professor of Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton University, Director of Princeton’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy, and scientific director at ideas42, a non-for-profit social science R&D lab. His research focuses on cognitive science and behavioral economics, with particular interest in the application of behavioral research to policy. He is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Shafir served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Behavior. He was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2013. He edited “The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy,” and co-authored, “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much.”  He received a BA from Brown University and a PhD from MIT.    


SPEAKERS IN SESSION 2: Addressing AMR in a social, economic and political context - Approaches in research and action 

Professor Koen Peeters Grietens heads the Socio-Ecological Health Research Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and is a senior lecturer at Nagasaki University. He holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology and has conducted extensive research on sociocultural factors related to infectious disease transmission dynamics, community perceptions on health and illness, and their impact on the effectiveness of disease prevention, control and elimination strategies. His professional experience is characterized by high international mobility and extensive field research in low-income countries in West Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia. 


Dr Franck Cesar Berthe speaker bio will be available soon. 


SPEAKERS IN SESSION 3: Communicating the value and safety of vaccines

Dr Julie Leask is professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Her research focuses on behavioural science in public health, specifically vaccination uptake, programs and policy with 152 publications in the field.

She has a range of advisory roles with WHO: as chair of the working group on Measuring Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination; member of the Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research advisory committee; the South East Asia Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group; and previously, the Tailoring Immunization Programme Advisory Group of Experts for the WHO European Office. She is member of the Expert Advisory Group for Australia’s Regional (COVID-19) Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative. She was winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2019.


Dr. Michael Dione is a veterinary epidemiologist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Dakar, Senegal. Dione has strong experience in livestock health systems in East and West Africa. His research interest involves assessing animal health constraints by combining both field epidemiology and biological sampling; as well as developing and testing interventions that aim at preventing and controlling animal diseases including AMR in livestock. Dione also carries out research on the delivery of animal health inputs such as drugs and vaccines. He gives a specific focus on how to improve adoption of biosecurity measures and vaccines by smallholder livestock farmers.


SPEAKERS IN SESSION 4: Communicating the complexity of AMR

Denesha Brar speaker bio will be available soon. 


Hathairat Kosiyaporn obtained her degree of doctor of medicine, at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University in 2013 and earned a master degree in health policy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2020. She was an internship at hospitals in Nan province for four years then she applied in Health Policy and System Research Fellowship programme at International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health since 2017. She is interested in health system, health policy, behavioural science. She conducted project ‘Health system’s factors affecting health literacy in migrant health workers and migrant health volunteers: a case study of Samut Sakhon and Ranong, Thailand’ and ‘Strengthening the monitoring system of knowledge and awareness of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in Thai population’ during her fellowship programme.


SPEAKERS IN SESSION 5: The road ahead

Professor Hanan H. Balkhy is the first appointed Assistant Director-General for the Antimicrobial Resistance Division (AMR) at the World Health Organization (WHO), which is a flagship program and has the mandate to lead the human health response to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance along with the relevant stakeholders. Dr Balkhy is a Professor of Pediatric Infection Diseases with over two decades of experience in the field of infectious diseases and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), a clinician and a researcher with over 150 publications. Prior to her appointment she was the Executive Director, Infection Prevention and Control, at the Ministry of National Guard (MNG) and the Director of the Gulf Cooperation Council Centre for Infection Control. She led the WHO Collaborating Centre for IPC and AMR in Saudi Arabia between 2009-2019. Dr Balkhy is also the first appointed chair for the Infectious Disease Research Unit at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infection and Public Health from 2009-2019.

Dr Balkhy is a graduate of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She completed her pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. Dr Balkhy has served as an expert on many WHO committees including: the Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola Outbreak and Response, the Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance and Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR), the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (STAG-AMR), and the International Health Regulations Review Committee (IHR-RC).

Last modified: 2021-02-18