Keynote speakers

Barbara Haesler

Presentation title: Unlocking the value of animal health surveillance

Barbara Häsler is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College and the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, London, United Kingdom, with expertise in animal health surveillance, economics applied to animal health, food systems, and evaluation. In her research she focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to better understand foodborne and zoonotic disease surveillance and control and to improve the wellbeing of people and animals through improved resource allocation. She has been working on the economics of surveillance and practical evaluation approaches that allow users to assess surveillance characteristics including functionality, performance, value, and One Health-ness


Dilys Morgan

Presentation title: Cross-sector surveillance – organization, collaboration and benefits

Dilys Morgan MBE has had an interesting career alternating between medical research in rural Africa and UK public health.

Dilys is currently working as a Consultant in Global Public Health at Public Health England having left her post as Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses at the end of August 2019. 

She was responsible for developing the Emerging Infections and Zoonoses portfolio of the Agency, including establishing horizon scanning activities and risk assessment processes for emerging infectious threats. Since the majority of new and emerging infections are zoonoses, she set-up the Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance group (HAIRS) in 2003. This multiagency, multidisciplinary group meets every month and acts as a forum to identify and discuss infections with potential for interspecies transfer.  

She is also an honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.




Petra Müllner

Presentation title: Connecting surveillance data with people

Petra completed her veterinary degree at University of Munich in Germany and soon after graduating discovered her passion for epidemiology and all things population health. As postgraduate she completed a MSc in Medical Epidemiology at the School of Public Heath in Bielefeld (Germany) and a Dr. med. vet. in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Bern (Switzerland) before moving to New Zealand to embark on a PhD at Massey University. Petra now calls New Zealand home and since 2009 is Director of EPI-interactive, where she and her team provide consultancy as well as interdisciplinary IT and data visualisation services to clients in the One Health domain. Before making the leap to work for herself she has held senior positions both at the EpiCentre, Massey University, and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Petra holds adjunct academic positions at Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science (New Zealand) and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) of the University of Minnesota (USA). In an increasingly complex world Petra’s work drives to connect data and information with people by augmenting epidemiology with user experience design, new media and information technologies. 





Gregorio Torres

Presentation title: Translating surveillance outcomes into policy. How to deal with the uncertainty

Dr Gregorio Torres is Head of the Science Department of the Word Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris. He oversees the OIE’s science system arising from the development and review of international standards on animal health and global animal disease control programmes. 

Gregorio supervises the technical secretariat of the OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases and Biological Standards Commission, being also actively involved in a range of activities that address swine diseases, including African swine fever. He is a member of the FAO-OIE foot and mouth disease (FMD) working group for the implementation of the FMD Global Control Strategy, and serves as the OIE Focal Point for the Global elimination of dog-mediated rabies under the auspices of the WHO/OIE//FAO Tripartite Secretariat.

Gregorio obtained his veterinary degree in Cordoba University (Spain) and continued his postgraduate education in the Universities of Glasgow and London where he specialised in veterinary epidemiology. After some years working as a large animal practitioner in the UK, he joined the Spanish Veterinary Services where he worked for the Epidemiology Department and was involved in the design and management of official disease control programmes with regular participation in technical working groups and field missions at the national and international levels. In 2013, he was commissioned to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as an Animal Health Officer with special focus on FMD. Since 2014 he has worked for the OIE.