Keynote speakers

Petra Muellner

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. 


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.




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


Stig Mellergaard

Presentation title: African swine fever - Putting up a wild boar fence between Germany and Denmark

Graduated as a veterinarian in 1980 and started a scientific career with research within the field of diseases in aquatic organisms both within the diagnostic area in relation to aquaculture and on epidemiology of diseases in wild fish stocks which was the theme for my PhD theses.


Changed career in 2002 and became deputy head of Division of Animal Health within the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. During this engagement, I have been responsible for the eradication of disease problems in livestock especially avian influenza. I have been responsible for the international work in the animal health area and is the Danish delegate in the EU Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, Section for Animal health and Welfare. Have participated actively in the work in EU in relation to preparation and negotiations of the legislative framework within this field. The most recent work has been in relation to the new Animal Health Law.




Jens Munk Ebbesen

Presentation title: African swine fever - Putting up a wild boar fence between Germany and Denmark

Present occupation: Employed at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (2010 - )

Director for Food & Veterinary Issues, Chief Veterinarian

Former occupation:

  • Head of International Trade Division, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (2007-2010) (government official)
  • Head of Food Department, Danish Meat Association (2004-2007) (private organization)
  • Senior Veterinary Officer, Meat inspection, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (2000-2004) (government official)
  • Veterinary Officer, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (1997-2000) (government official)
  • Amanuensis at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Veterinary and Food Microbiology (1995-1997)
  • Inspector at the common municipal food control unit, Copenhagen West, (1993-1995)


Fields of responsibility:

  • Zoonosis incl. surveillance-plans
  • Risk-assessments and evaluations
  • National and international animal health policy
  • Animal welfare policy
  • AMR
  • Contingency plans and preparedness regarding OIE listed infectious animal diseases
  • Food safety policy
  • Advice to businesses concerning meat inspection, food-legislation, HACCP
  • Inspections from importing countries authorities (e.g. China, USA, Russia, Japan)
  • Export related issues, including negotiations with third countries authorities (on location) on animal health and food safety requirements and veterinary health certificates.


Ute W. Sønksen & Birgitte Borck Høg

Presentation tite: 20+ years of cross-sector surveillance in practice