Rabies is a priority zoonotic disease in most endemic countries, so why is it so hard for governments and international investors to take action and allocate resources? What do we need to do to change this? How should investments be managed?
Moderator: Dr Matthew Stone, Deputy Director-General, OIE
Dr Matthew Stone
Deputy Director General, OIE
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. In OIE Matthew oversees the organisation’s processes for setting international standards; the global strategies for foot and mouth disease (FMD), peste des petits ruminants (PPR), Rabies, Animal Welfare and antimicrobial resistance (AMR); and represented OIE on the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group for AMR.
Dr Tennyson Williams
Tennyson J. C. Williams is currently the Director forWorld Animal Protection responsible for Africa. He works in Nairobi, following a significant global transformation process that led to a rebranding of World Animal Protection’s identity, a change in its operating model and ways of working. In addition to his overall management and leadership responsibilities, he also serve on the Global Leadership Advisory Group.
As an international development specialist, with over Twenty years experience in the development sector with UNHCR, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi and ActionAid International and a background in zoology and zoonotic diseases, Tennyson has held a number of senior management positions directing Africa-wide regional programmes with multi-donor funding.
Originally from Sierra Leone, he was the ActionAid Kenya Country Director responsible for directing programmes, policy and advocacy, and shaping the development of the organisation in the region as well as internationally. Prior to that, he was ActionAid International Director for West and Central Africa, responsible for providing leadership, management support and supervision to staff and implementation teams in nine countries in West and Central Africa, building and strengthening relationships with leaders of social movements and public officials to promote the people and causes targeted by ActionAid International.
Before that, he was Country Director for ActionAid in Sierra Leone focusing on poverty reduction and humanitarian intervention. While in Sierra Leone, Tennyson led the development process of the country strategy paper and contributed to the positioning of Sierra Leone’s development agenda at national and international levels. Key successes from this engagement include taking the Aid Effectiveness debate to key donors including DFID and the European Union thereby raising the agency’s profile at national and international levels.
Tennyson was also involved in a number of research and consultancy projects for DFID and the Sierra Leone Civil Society, where he played a key role in the design of the DFID civil society programme, carried out an evaluation of various DFID programmes implemented in the country and served on the boards of ActionAid International United Kingdom (AAIUK) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Tennyson holds an MSC. in Zoology, BSC in Agriculture, Diploma in Epidemiology and control of Human Vector- Borne diseases and a certificate in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Management.
Dr William Adu-Kuma
Professor Sarah Cleaveland
Professor Sarah Cleaveland’s research on rabies demonstrated the feasibility of eliminating rabies in Tanzania and has made a pivotal contribution to the development of international strategies for global rabies elimination.
Her research platform in East Africa now addresses a wide range of infectious disease problems affecting human, domestic animal and wildlife health. She works to raise awareness of the impact of neglected diseases, to investigate infection dynamics in natural ecosystems, and to identify cost-effective disease control measures that will improve human health, livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. Professor Cleaveland plays an active role in several capacity-strengthening initiatives and research consortia with African partner institutions.
Professor Cleaveland is a founding Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control, which spearheads the World Rabies Day campaigns. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary epidemiology.
Lions Head Global Partners
Christopher (known as Edge) is a Founding Partner and Co-CEO of Lion’s Head Global Partners and is a leading expert in structuring innovative financing transactions and vehicles for sovereign, supra-sovereign and sub-sovereign clients. Edge formerly worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years where he led the team that established the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Since the establishment of Lion’s Head in 2009, Edge has been instrumental in pioneering notable transactions including the establishment of the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) and leading the UK’s Global AMR Investment Fund. Christopher is currently advising the UK Government on the Oxford vaccine for Covid-19. Christopher trained as a biochemist, for which he holds an MA from Oxford University.
Dr Nick Harris
Nick is an Australian veterinary epidemiologist and the Development Programs Manager for the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security where he manages a team overseeing the delivery of health security system strengthening projects across the region. Nick worked in veterinary practice for 11 years prior to joining the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment in 2007 where he worked primarily on early warning surveillance for exotic animal diseases and capacity building in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Nick has also managed the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy’s Animal Health Program and worked on Australian Import Risk Assessments. Since February 2018, he has been on secondment to the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security as an Animal Health and One Health Adviser.