ISID Council Members


African Region

Tayo BABALOBI (Nigeria)
Epizootiologist (veterinary epidemiologist and economist) and lecturer/researcher in animal disease reporting and investigation, University of Ibadan
Focus: Animal diseases, prevention and control

Athanase BADOLO (Burkina Faso)
Associate Professor of Medical Entomology at Ouaga University
Focus: Malaria and dengue

Boubacar MAIGA (Mali)
Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako
Focus: Immunology and malaria

Henry MWANDUMBA (Malawi)
Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (Malawi) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK)
Focus: Pulmonary immune responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV

Ernest TAMBO (Cameroon)
Adjunct of of Pharmacology, Eits , SA & Research coordinator, Université des Montagnes Cameroon
Focus: Covid-19 response and recovery, Digital enablers and Covid-19,  Covid-19 surveillance and infodemiology, Emerging epidemics and pandemics threats strategies, Monitoring , reporting and evaluation of public health projects, Covid new drugs and vaccines discovery

Belay TESSEMA (Ethiopia)
Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar
Focus: Diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sepsis, malaria)

Zegeye Hailemariam TESSEMA (Ethiopia)
Federal Ministry of Health, HRH Directorate, Addis Ababa
Focus: Public health, surveillance and outbreak investigation

Chinyere UKAGA (Nigeria)
Professor Public Health Parasitology, Ima State University
Focus: Public health and parasitology

Constance Georgina WALYARO  (Kenya)
Executive Director - Talk AB[M]R; Global Health Consultant; Co-chair Advocacy and Awareness Sub Committee - National Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), antibiotic resistance (ABR), global health, global health diplomacy, infection prevention and control (IPC)

Sean WASSERMAN (South Africa)
Infectious Disease Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town
Focus: Treatment optimization in tuberculosis

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Rashad ABDUL-GHANI (Yemen)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana’a University
Focus: Arboviral diseases, parasitology and medical entomology

Jaffar AL-TAWFIQ (Saudi Arabia)
Specialty Medicine Department Johns Hopkins and Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran
Focus: Healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention & control

Fatma AMER (Egypt)
Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig
Focus: Microbiology and immunology

Nada MELHEM (Lebanon)
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Director, Division of Health Professions
Chair, Medical Laboratory
Faculty of Health Sciences
Center for Infectious Disease Research, Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut
Focus: HIV, Norovirus, COVID-19

Mohamed RHAJAOUI (Morocco)
Director of National Institute of Hygiene, Rabat
Focus: Microbiology, parasitology, and infectious and communicable diseases

Roula SAMAHA (Lebanon)
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Head of Infection Control Lebanese Order of Physicians, Beirut
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance

Sadia SHAKOOR (Pakistan)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University and Hospital and Medical College, Karachi
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance, tuberculosis, infectious disease diagnostics

European Region

Aleksandra BARAC (Serbia)
Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia
Focus: Infectious diseases

Paolo CALISTRI (Italy)
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale
Focus: Infectious disease epidemiology

Robert COLEBUNDERS (Belgium)
Professor Infectious Diseases, Global Health Institute, University of Antwerp
Focus: Global health, HIV/AIDS and tropical diseases

Monica JUNIE (Romania)
Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, Cluj-Napoca
Focus: Microbiology

Helena MALTEZOU (Greece)
Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens
Focus: Pediatrics, infectious diseases and public health

Nicola PETROSILLO (Italy)
Director, Clinical and Research Department on Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani", IRCCS, Rome
Focus: Infectious diseases

Alessandra SCAGLIARINI (Italy)
Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine (DIMES)
Focus: Epitheliotropic viral infections of animals and humans (Poxviridae and Papillomaviridae)

Chadia WANNOUS (Sweden)
Coordinator of the Towards A Safer Network for Pandemic Preparedness
Member of the Steering Committee of Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network
Focus: Risk drivers of emerging infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola, Zika and COVID-19), health emergencies preparedness and response

Region of the Americas

Patricio ACOSTA (Argentina)
Professor at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET (Argentina) and at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires
Focus: Pathogenesis of respiratory viruses (RSV, Rhinovirus & Influenza)

Celia Mercedes ALPUCHE (Mexico)
Mexico National Institute of Public Health, Mexico City
Focus: Microbiology and infectious diseases

Maria Luisa AVILA (Costa Rica)
National Hospital for Children, San Jose
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital Epidemiologist, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Focus: Infection prevention and hospital epidemiology

Ana Paulina CELI (Ecuador)
Hospital de los Valles, Quito
Focus: Infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carmen DESEDA (Puerto Rico)
University Hospital Bayamon
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Devika DIXIT (Canada)
Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics (primary) and Department of Medicine
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, infection prevention & control, epidemic clinical and outbreak management, tropical diseases, workplace health & safety

Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health
Focus: Global health, infectious diseases and tropical infectious diseases

Institute of Public Health, Saint Louis
Focus: Infectious diseases

Alfonso J. RODRIGUEZ-MORALES (Colombia)
Professor and senior researcher at the Faculty of Medicine, Fundacion Universitaria Autonoma de las Americas, Pereira (Colombia), and at the Universidad Cientifica del Sur, Lima (Peru).
Focus: Arboviral diseases (chikungunya, Zika, dengue), tropical diseases (malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease), emerging diseases (COVID-19)

Anita SHET (USA)
Associate Scientist, International Vaccine Access Center, Dept. of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, public health and immunology

South-East Asia Region

Sitara AJJAMPUR (India)
Professor of Microbiology, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory
Focus: Microbiology and antimicrobial resistance

Elizabeth ASHLEY (Lao PDR)
Director of the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research (LOMWRU) Unit
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Focus: Malaria treatment and drug resistance, bacteriology in the tropics, clinical trials, antimicrobial resistance

Ashutosh BISWAS (India)
Professor, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
New Delhi
Focus: Emerging infectious diseases, vector borne diseases, antimicrobial stewardship programme, HIV, TB, epidemiology of infectious diseases

Rijal BASISTA (Nepal)
Professor & Head, Microbiology Dept, Devdaha Medical College, Butwal
Affiliated to Kathmandu University
Professor & Head, Clinical Laboratory Service ( Part time)
Manmohan Memorial College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu
Adjoined Professor, Karnali Academy of Health Sciences, Jumla
Focus: Bacterial diseases, antimicrobial resistance, tuberculosis and parasitology

Anil Kumar BHOLA (India)
Consultant for WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Focus: Infectious diseases epidemiology and outbreak investigation

Aamer IKRAM (Pakistan)
Professor & Consultant Microbiologist, Rawalpindi
Focus: Clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, hospital infection control, biosafety and biosecurity

Lilani KARUNANAYAKE (Sri Lanka)
Consultant Clinical Microbiologist & Head Department of Bacteriology at Medical Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Colombo
Focus: Zoonotic bacterial diseases (leptospirosis, brucellosis), infectious diseases (mainly pneumococcus, meningococcus, whooping cough, S. aureus), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria, quality assurance, infection control & prevention (IPC)

Fingani MPHANDE-NYASULU (Thailand)
Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Latkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok
Focus: Infectious diseases in vulnerable populations (Neglected Tropical Diseases, in rural populations and limited resource communities)

Fingani MPHANDE-NYASULU (Thailand)
Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Latkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok
Focus: Infectious diseases in vulnerable populations (Neglected Tropical Diseases, in rural populations and limited resource communities)

Mohammad Bagher ROKNI (Iran)
Chair, Indexing and Visibility Committee, Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME)
Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Focus: Parasitology

Guy THWAITES (Vietnam)
Professor of Infectious Diseases. Director of Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU)
Focus: Tropical medicine, infectious diseases and severe bacterial infections

Western Pacific Region

Doo Ryeon CHUNG (South Korea)
Samsung Medical Center, Seoul
Focus: Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carta GUNAWAN (Indonesia)
Infectious Disease Consultant
Focus: Infectious and tropical diseases

David LEWIS (Australia)
Director of Western Sydney Sexual health Centre, Western Sydney Local Health District and Professor at Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and health, University of Sydney
Honorary Professor within the Division of Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance in sexually transmitted infections, genital ulcer disease

David LYE (Singapore)
Senior consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Focus: Infectious diseases

Xiang REN (China)
Assistant professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Focus: Surveillance ad early warning of infectious diseases, emergency response and vaccines

Michael RICHARDS (Australia)
Professor of Medicine at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne
Focus: Infections in healthcare, antimicrobial stewardship, clinical infectious diseases