Plenary Speakers (as of September 12, 2014)
Adriano DUSE, South Africa
Presentation title: 'Challenges and Controversies in the 2014 West African Ebola Virus Outbreak Response'

Professor Adriano G Duse is the Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the School of Pathology at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits University. He is a passionate about education and teaches both under- and postgraduate students in the Faculty and has received numerous teaching awards at the University. In 2005 he introduced the training of infection control nurses in the form of an ‘Advanced Diploma in Infection Control’ consisting of a two year training course in conjunction with the Department of Nursing, at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Professor Duse is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief sponsored by the CDC, United States of America and was selected as a Southern African Chair for the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP). GARP is a project of the Centre for Diseases Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) which works to create greater awareness among policymakers in low-middle income countries about the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and to develop country-relevant issues.
Professor Duse’s expertise in viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) resulted in his appointment by the World Health Organisation, Geneva, to act as expert consultant and provide education to health care staff and case management during the 2005 Angolan Marburg VHF outbreak and the 2006/7 Kenyan Rift Valley fever outbreak. In 2008 Professor Duse provided infection prevention and control support to the South African National Department of Health for a VHF outbreak caused by a novel arenavirus (Lujo virus) outbreak that occurred in Jojannesburg. In December 2012 he was appointed WHO expert consultant for the Infection Control Group for the Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak response team in Uganda. In April 2014 he was deployed to Liberia and subsequently to Sierra Leone to assist with the containment of the Ebola virus outbreak in his capacity as a VHF infection prevention and control expert.


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.