Plenary Speakers (as of June 2, 2016)
Rudovick KAZWALA, Tanzania
Presentation title: 'Zoonotic Diseases at the Human - Domestic Animal - Wildlife Interface in Southern and Eastern Africa"'

Professor Kazwala is a graduate of BVSc  at Sokoine University of Agriculture, MVM (University College Dublin, Ireland) and  PhD (University of Edinburgh, UK). He is the Professor of Ecosystems and Public Health  in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health. Prof. Kazwala is involved in a number of research projects particularly in area of bacterial and viral zoonoses. Prof. Kazwala has supervised more than 40 postgraduate students in over 15 research projects, and has published more than 100 articles in international journals.

He is the Chairman of Veterinary Council of Tanzania, and is a member of the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority, Food Technical Committee. In addition, Prof. Kazwala supported the development of the Livestock Sector Development Strategy for Tanzania.
He is a member of the International Health Regulations, Roster of Experts in Veterinary Issues, Zoonoses, and coordinates the Bovine Tuberculosis Network for Africa.

Since 2010, Prof. Kazwala has led the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program PREDICT Project in Tanzania, supporting the development of a wildlife disease surveillance and early warning system for high-risk viral pathogens, and overseeing the development of a new molecular laboratory for emerging infectious diseases and pathogen discovery at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

 

Mercedes TATAY, Switzerland
Presentation title: 'Emergency Responses Including the European Migrant Crisis'

Dr Mercedes Tatay is the International Medical Secretary of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since February 2016.

A specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, Dr Tatay joined MSF in 1998 and has worked in a number of conflict and epidemic settings, including in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Zambia, CAR, Liberia, Afghanistan, Niger, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This allowed her to develop expertise in operational management and medical programme planning in complex humanitarian emergency contexts. Dr Tatay became Head of Emergency Programs with MSF France, and from 2003 to 2007 she oversaw humanitarian interventions in Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Chad, CAR, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Lebanon, Haiti, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Angola, DRC, Philippines and Niger among others (conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters).

Later on, Dr Tatay practised as an infectious diseases physician in two university teaching hospitals infectious diseases and tropical medicine departments in France until 2015.

In 2015, she worked as a consultant for WHO in infection prevention and control as well as in field coordination during the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone. She also took coordination responsibilities as part of the UN Country team leadership.

Her teaching experience includes clinical seminars and trainings on infectious diseases, applied epidemiology, operational management emergency response and humanitarian medicine.