Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Dirk Pfeiffer

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

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

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

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
Group Manager, Aquatic Pests and Pathogens,
Center for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
Vice President of OIE Aquatic Health Code

Edmund 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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