Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Dirk Pfeiffer
(Translating Epidemiology into Evidence and Practice)

Chair Professor of One Health at City University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, Hong Kong, SAR

Dirk graduated from Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany in 1984 with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He went on to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the same university in 1986. Following this Dirk went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, which involved fieldwork in Kenya, Somalia, Malaysia and Thailand.

In 1987, Dirk moved to Massey University, New Zealand to complete a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and remained there for 11 years, where he became a Lecturer in Production Medicine and Epidemiology in 1992 and was appointed as Senior Lecturerin Veterinary Epidemiology in 1996.

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Dr. Wantanee Kalpravidh
(Strengthening Transboundary Animal Diseases through the Veterinary Epidemiology Capacities and Networks in Asia².)

Regional Manager, Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Disease for Asia and the Pacific for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Wantanee Kalpravidh obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1st Rank Hon) from Chulalongkorn University. She continued her postgraduate study with the Royal Thai Government Scholarship and obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine (Major in Veterinary Epidemiology and Minor in Public Health) from University of Minnesota, USA in 1993.

She served the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) during 1993-2003 where mostof her work focusing in the field of epidemiology and disease control policy planning. She joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science for one year before joining the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2004 as the Regional Epidemiology andLaboratory Network Coordinator for Southeast Asia. Her current position is the Regional Manager of the EmergencyCenter for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) based at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.


Prof. Dr. Katharina D C Stäerk
(Assuring Food Safety in a Globalised World – Are We Ready?)

SAFOSO AG, Switzerland Royal Veterinary College | RVC · Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Katharina graduated as a veterinarian from Zurich Veterinary School and obtained her PhD from Massey University (New Zealand). Over the last two decades, she has conducted applied research on infectious diseases and zoonoses as well as risk analysis, surveillance and animal health decision making in relation to animal-derived food. She has worked in diverse environments including Swiss government, private industry in Denmark and academia in Switzerland and the UK. Katharina has repeatedly served on international working groups and expert panels for EFSA and the OIE. Katharina is currently Director for Science and Quality SAFOSO AG, Bern, honorary Professor of Veterinary Public Health Policy at the Royal Veterinary College, London, and at the VETSUISSE Faculty, Zurich, as well as Adjunct Professor at City University, Hong Kong. Her professional passion lies in translating science into practice with the aim to assure safe food for all.


Dr. Matthew Stone
(A Vision for Global Animal Health and Welfare Programmes: Intelligence Informing Strategy, Capacity Driving Performance)

Deputy Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Dr. Matthew Stone 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.

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Dr. Edmund Peeler
(The Emergence of Aquatic Animal Diseases: Drivers, Impact and Management)

Group Manager, Aquatic Pests and Pathogens,
Center for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
Vice President of OIE Aquatic Health CodeEdmund graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 with a degree in veterinary medicine.

After two years in farm animal practice he gained a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology from the University of Reading and worked for the UK Department for International Development on a livestock development project in Kenya, followed by a PhD at Bristol Veterinary School investigating the epidemiology of bovine mastitis. He has been employed at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) -a UK government science agency – since 2001, where he has led development of aquatic animal epidemiology and risk in Cefas.

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ISVEE Special Panel Discussion “Future and Trend of Veterinary Epidemiolgy and Economics: Our challenges for bridging from theory to practices”


Dr. Jorge A Hernandez

Jorge Hernandez is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida (UF). He has 30 years of experience in education, research, capacity building, and consulting in animal health and public health in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, China, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal. Nationally, his research benefits dairy, equine, small animal, and marine conservation practitioners—as well as sports medicine practitioners. Internationally, his expertise in epidemiology and disease surveillance systems supports government agencies involved in animal health, public health, food systems, threat reduction from biological weapons of mass destruction, and diversity, wildlife and ecosystems health efforts (e.g., USDA, USAID, US Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FAO, and the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency). Currently, he is serving as Interim Director of Graduate Education at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Lis Alban

Lis Alban holds a DVM and a Ph.D. in veterinary epidemiology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is affiliated as a Chief Scientist with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC). She undertakes epidemiological investigations and is responsible for the conduct of risk assessments primarily within food safety including antimicrobial resistance. Her main interest is surveillance and control of pig-borne hazards.
She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Her involvement in both academia and industry allows her to focus on identifying intelligent solutions to the challenges in current meat production. She prefers working using the Danish Model, which involves collaboration between stakeholders, academia and veterinary authorities. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and is on the Editorial Board of Preventive Veterinary Medicine.


Arjan Stegeman

Arjan Stegeman is full professor of Farm Animal Health/ Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at Utrecht University The Netherlands. He is a veterinarian by training and a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. His research is focused on the epidemiology of infectious diseases in farmed animals aiming to unravel the mechanisms that determine the occurrence of infectious diseases in populations and establish the effectiveness of intervention measures. For that goal his group applies animal experiments, field studies and mathematical modelling.

(Co)- author of more than 200 peer reviewed publications/book chapters, see:


Carolyn Gates

Dr. Carolyn Gates is a Senior Lecturer in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 concentrating in farm animal production medicine and her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2013 modelling the spread infectious disease through national cattle movement networks. She then worked as a shelter veterinarian for two years before moving to New Zealand. Her current research portfolio blends social science with data science to develop new approaches for increasing research engagement and adoption. This includes projects to build the business case for BVD eradication in New Zealand, to explore the behavioural drivers behind herd health decisions, and to design innovative educational and extension resources to better support animal health decision-makers at the animal, farm, and industry levels.


Kebede Amenu Ejeta

Kebede Amenu Ejeta is an Associate Professor at College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He has more than 15 year of teaching, research and community service in animal health (veterinary epidemiology, food safety). He teaches several courses and programs such as Advanced Biostatics (PhD program), Food Safety and Quality (MVSc), Veterinary Public Health Research Ethics (PhD), Advanced One-Health and Emerging Zoonoses (PhD), Advanced Veterinary Food Hygiene (MVSc), Basic Epidemiology (MVSc). In 2015-2016, he was a a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow and consultant at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa. During 2002-2016, he was a lecturer and Researcher at School of Veterinary Medicine, Hawassa University. He graduated a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2002. He then completed his MSc degree in Tropical Animal Health (Epidemiological Data Collection and Processing), at Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium in 2006. He obtained a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Water Quality and Food Safety, University of Hohenheim, Germany in 2016.




Business Coordinator,
Agri-Food Business Innovation Center (ABIC),
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan

Specially appointed professor (University of Tokyo)
Visiting professor (University of Gifu)
Lecturer (University of Utsunomiya)

2016- Present Business coordinator of the ABIC, NARO
1993-2016 Researcher in veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics of the National Institute of Animal Health, NARO
1993 Received PhD in Epidemiology (University of California, Davis, U.S.A.)
1988 Received Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (University of California, Davis, U.S.A.)
1987 Received D.V.M. (Obihiro University, Japan)

Main research interests:
Developing benchmarking system to evaluate productivity, disease status and antibiotic usage levels in pig sector. Epidemiology and economic analysis on livestock animal diseases.

Other activities:
Teaching epidemiology in 2 veterinary schools (University of Tokyo and University of Gifu) and livestock animal health in 1 agricultural school (University of Utsunomiya)
Teaching veterinary epidemiology in other countries (Thailand and Vietnam) as part of the international collaborations supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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