Plenary Speakers (as of June 18, 2018)

Andy TATEM, Sweden
Presentation title: 'Using mobile data and global mapping to tackle the next outbreak'

Andy is Professor of spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton and is the Director of WorldPop (, leading a group of more than 30 researchers and data scientists. He is interested in how populations, their characteristics and their dynamics can be mapped at high resolution across low and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on human mobility and spatial connectivity and how it impacts pathogen spread and elimination strategy design. His research has led to new approaches to the use and integration of satellite, survey, cell phone and census data to map the distributions and dynamics of vulnerable populations for disease, disaster and development applications. He runs international collaborations with national governments, UN agencies and data providers, and leads multiple research and operational projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, World Bank, Clinton Health Access Initiative and others.

Presentation title: 'Biodiversity Loss and Emerging Infectious Diseases'

Dr. Christine K. Johnson is Professor of Epidemiology and Ecosystem Health and Director of the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research activities focus on epidemiologic drivers of zoonotic disease spillover and spread and ecosystem level processes that impact wildlife population health and emerging infectious diseases. She provides epidemiologic support to federal and state agencies to address challenging environmental issues and has pioneered surveillance design and risk characterization for field studies on the local to global scale. Professor Johnson currently leads surveillance activities for USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project to identify infectious disease threats at high-risk animal-human interfaces and work with implementing partners and international organizations to meet global health priorities. At the University of California, Davis, her accomplishments include mentorship of post-doctoral scholars and graduate students interested in advanced training in disease dynamics, and the design of core didactic instruction in one health and ecosystem health for graduate and professional degree programs.