Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Jaffar AL-TAWFIQ, Saudi Arabia

Presentation title: ”Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Current Understanding”

Dr. Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, is a consultant of internal medicine and infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in Saudi Arabia. He had completed his medical school at King Faisal University School of Medicine, Saudi Arabia. He then completed his internal medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana (USA). He subsequently completed Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the same university.

During his Infectious Diseases fellowship, Dr. Al-Tawfiq did extensive work on the pathogenesis of Haemophilus ducreyi and the mechanism of the immune response to the various genes. In 1998, he completed a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and was awarded a diploma in TM&H by the Royal College of Physician of London.

Since 2012, Dr. Al-Tawfiq was involved in the management and control of the MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia.  He worked closely with the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) and international academic organization to control multiple outbreaks of MERS-CoV.  Dr. Al-Tawfiq was a member of the Saudi MERS-CoV scientific committee and was a member of the Saudi MOH to the Republic of Korea to advice on the control of MERS outbreak.  Dr. Al-Tawfiq was designated as an ISID Emerging Leader in International infectious Diseases in 2016.

His current interests include: hospital epidemiology, healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic stewardship, and emerging respiratory pathogens including MERS-CoV.

Eric BERTHERAT, Switzerland

Presentation title: ”Plague in Madagascar”

Dr Eric Bertherat is a specialist in public health and tropical medicine, graduated in tropical microbiology from the Pasteur Institute. In the department of Infectious Hazard Management, WHO Geneva, he is the focal point for all preparedness and response activities related to plague, tularemia, anthrax, rickettsioses and other bacterial epidemic diseases of international importance. He also supports the WHO activiti

es related to CBRN.

He has taken part in and led more than 15 responses to outbreaks of international importance.  including on cholera, viral haemorrhagic fevers, Nipah virus, meningitis and plague.

Dr Eric Bertherat joined WHO in 2001. Formerly he was a medical officer in the French Armed Forces and worked several years in developing and post-crisis countries at different levels of their health systems.

His areas of expertise include communicable disease epidemiology, outbreak preparedness and response, and biosecurity.