Plenary Speakers (as of July 29, 2014)
Paula CACERES, France
Presentation title: 'Launching of the New OIE Global Wildlife Disease Reporting System: WAHIS-Wild'

Dr Paula Cáceres is a veterinarian and the Head of the Animal Health Information Department (AHID) of the World Organisation for Animal Health. Prior to that she worked as Deputy Head of AHIDand then Acting Head. Dr Paula Cáceres joined the OIE and the Animal Health Information Department as Veterinary Epidemiologist in June 2010. She is responsible for managing the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) and coordinating team work. Over the past years she assisted the Department in the epidemiology analysis of the animal health information provided by OIE Member Countries and non-Members, as well as verifying disease reports and training veterinarians from official Veterinary Services in all aspects of the OIE World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS/WAHID).

With a Master’s degree in Animal Science, major in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in University of Chile, holder of a diploma in Project management in animal health programs and food safety from the Costa Rica University for International Cooperation, she has experience in Chile in the fields of animal health, veterinary epidemiology, foreign trade in livestock products, food safety, animal traceability, project evaluation and statistics.

Ziad MEMISH, Saudi Arabia
Presentation title: 'MERS-CoV Update'

Dr. Ziad Memish is a senior Consultant Adult Infectious Diseases at King Fahad Medical City, Professor at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University and Adjunct Professor in the Hubert Department of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Positions held include Executive Director Infection Prevention & Control Saudi National Guard Health Affairs, Director Gulf Cooperation Council States and WHO Collaborating Center for Infection Control, and Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health.

He has served as a member of several international committees with WHO and ISID, and of numerous regional organizations. Nationally he is the chair of the Hajj Executive Preventive Medicine Committee and more than 14 National Committees including the National AIDS Committee, and the National Committee for TB. He established the National Infectious Diseases training program at the Saudi Council for Health Specialities.

In November 2007, he was awarded “The King Abdulaziz Medal from the First Degree” - the highest award on a National level in Saudi Arabia for achievements in the field of infectious diseases and infection control.
Presentation title: 'The Global Emergence of Resistance'

Prof. Ramanan Laxminarayan is Vice-President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India; director and senior fellow at the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC; and Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University. His research deals with economics and epidemiology of infectious diseases, with a focus on drug resistance. Prof. Laxminarayan will be the Congress Host for the 17th ICID to be held in Hyderabad, India.

Juan LUBROTH, Italy
Presentation title: 'Changing Disease Landscapes'

Dr. Juan Lubroth has been the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since 2009, headquartered in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Lubroth has worked extensively throughout Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. He has initiated several major initiatives for the control of transboundary animal diseases in Central Asia, South Asia, southern Africa, and has served on the Pan African Programme for the Control of Epizootics Advisory Committee. He was the driving force behind several key cooperative initiatives of FAO with the WHO and OIE, including the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases, the Global Early Warning System for major animal diseases including zoonoses (GLEWS), the establishment of the Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health, and the One Health concept at FAO. Dr. Lubroth is often called to assist in bringing animal production and health perspectives to the work of the WHO on issues related to zoonoses, biological safety of laboratories, and matters regarding bioterrorism and agroterrorism, and leads FAO's animal health activities against many high impact diseases, as well as strengthening veterinary links to public health systems around the world and continuing education.