Plenary Speakers

Dr Maria Laura Boschiroli
Anses (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety), France
Dr Maria Laura Boschiroli is Research Director, head of the Bovine Tuberculosis National Reference Laboratory- OIE Bovine Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory at Anses (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety). Laura completed her B. Sc and PhD on molecular microbiology at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her area of expertise includes molecular-genomic epidemiology, validation and introduction of new tests for the French diagnostic scheme for TB surveillance on livestock and wildlife, control of TB diagnostic reagents. She also provides advice to the World Organisation for Animal Health and the French authorities on the national TB control programme.
Dr Sewellyn Davey
Chief State Veterinarian Malmesbury (SA) Department of Agriculture: Western Cape: Animal Health, South Africa
Dr Sewellyn Davey is the Chief State Veterinarian Malmesbury (South Africa), Department of Agriculture: Western Cape: Animal Health. Sewellyn Davey qualified as a veterinarian at the Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She also has a BSc (Microbiology and Zoology) from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her professional experience in South Africa started at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Ermelo, where she helped establish the laboratory and concentrated on field investigations and diagnostics. Brucella abortus became a focus when she worked at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kroonstad, where she was the Serology lead. Field investigations of cattle, sheep and poultry diseases were a significant component of her work. Sewellyn’s appointment to the position of State Veterinarian, Animal Health in the Western Cape in 1987 provided first-hand experience of challenges involved with control of both TB and brucella infected herds. Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) was later added after the first case of OJD was diagnosed in the Ceres district in 1993. Sewellyn has presented on Bovine TB, Bovine brucellosis and OJD at different RuVASA (Ruminant Veterinary Association of Southern Africa) congresses and has one article published on a case study of BovineTB, and others on brucellosis, African Horse Sickness, and MAP in a dog as a co-author. She consulted on brucellosis for an international dairy company in Brazil during 2012. She served on the OIE ad hoc Group on Brucellosis in 2013, and the OIE ad hoc Group on Tuberculosis in 2013/2014 when the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code Chapters were revised. She is Chairperson of the Min Tech Brucella Working Group and a member of the Min Tech TB Working Group. She also serves on the National Animal Health Forum’s Brucella Steering Committee.
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Dr Lucía de Juan
Director VISAVET, Director European Union Reference, Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis,VISAVET Health, Surveillance Centre & Vet School.Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Dr. Lucía de Juan the Director at VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, Director European at Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis and an Associate Professor at the Vet School in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Lucía graduated in Veterinary Medicine (1997) and obtained a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (2005) from the University Complutense de Madrid. Since 1998 she has been working in the Animal Health Department of the Veterinary School. After the establishment of the VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre in 2008, she has been the Head of the Mycobacteria Unit until 2014. Currently, she is professor in the Vet School (UCM) and director of the VISAVET Centre and the European Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis. She is an advisor for the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment regarding the eradication programme for bovine tuberculosis. As a result of her research carrier, Dr. de Juan has published more than 80 papers in international publications and she has also participated in national and international congresses with more than 250 contributions.
Dr Gareth Enticott
Reader in Human Geography, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Dr Gareth Enticott is a Reader in Human Geography at Cardiff University. His research focuses on biosecurity and animal disease surveillance and management. Dr Enticott is an expert in the ongoing controversy in the UK surrounding bovine Tuberculosis in cattle and badgers and has advised the UK government on the role of social research in helping the management of the disease. His research has also focused on the management of bovine Tuberculosis in New Zealand. Specifically his research has focused on farmers’ behaviour; farmers’ beliefs about disease transmission; and the impact of government attempts to change farmers’ biosecurity behaviour. He has also examined reforms to the veterinary profession and their effects on disease management including the use of diagnostics, and the migration of veterinary surgeons to the UK and New Zealand.
Dr Paula I. Fujiwara
Scientific Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
Dr Paula I Fujiwara, MD, MPH is currently the Scientific Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, with responsibility for overseeing all technical departments and projects. She has provided technical assistance to TB programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  She has served on multiple technical advisory committees of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Fund and the Lancet Commission.  She spearheaded efforts to convince WHO to declare zoonotic TB a priority, and got The Union included as one of the authors of the Zoonotic TB Roadmap, alongside the tripartite of WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.  She is a member of the Stop TB Partnership’s Board of Directors Executive Committee, where she was in charge of writing the “Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020:  the Paradigm Shift” and led the Partnership’s working group to develop the global TB community’s “key asks” document for the political declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis held in New York City in September 2018, which culminated in having both bovine and zoonotic TB included. Prior to coming to The Union, Dr Fujiwara was seconded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to New York City's Bureau of TB Control from 1992-2000, during which time the incidence of TB declined by more than two-thirds and MDR-TB almost disappeared. She completed her medical training at the University of California (UC) Davis and UC San Francisco and also holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science degree from UC Berkeley. She has published scholarly articles on the public health aspects of TB control, including MDR-TB and zoonotic TB.
Dr Ron Glanville
Ex. Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Biosecurity Officer, Queensland, Biosecurity Advisory Service, Queensland, Australia
Dr Ron Glanville is the Ex Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Biosecurity Officer, Queensland, Australia. Ron has had a career of over 41 years working in animal health in Australia. Career highlights include: a key role in finalising bovine tuberculosis eradication; leading Queensland’s response to equine influenza, as well as around 30 other emergency responses; and implementing the national livestock identification system.  Ron also has had extensive experience working on national committees established to coordinate programs across the country. In relation to bovine tuberculosis eradication, Ron was a field officer early in his career, progressing to a regional veterinary manager during a critical eradication phase in the north-west of Queensland, then later managed the program at the State level.  For 15 years Ron held the statutory position of Chief Inspector of Stock, which was responsible for regulatory decision making. He also represented Queensland on national committees responsible for negotiating the overall strategic direction. Since 2011, Ron has established a successful consulting business providing quality advice to a range of clients in the area of biosecurity, including strategic advice, program reviews, facilitation & training, emergency preparedness and response support.
Prof Christian Gortázar
Head. Health & Biotechnology (SaBio) group at IREC, National Wildlife Research Institute IREC (CSIC and Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha), Spain
Prof. Christian Gortázar is the Head of the Health & Biotechnology (SaBio) group at IREC in Spain. Christian (San Sebastián, 1967) received a Degree in Veterinary Sciences at Universidad de Zaragoza, in 1990, and a PhD at the same University in 1997. Since 1999, he is Professor at IREC, a multidisciplinary research institute dealing with conservation and management of wildlife and their habitats ( His lecturing on wildlife diseases is part of IRECs MSc and PhD programs, where he has mentored >20 successful international PhD students. He has acted as principal researcher in numerous grants and contracts on wildlife epidemiology and disease control. Co-author of >350 scientific publications, his research interests include viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases of wildlife, with emphasis on the epidemiology and control of relevant infections shared with livestock and humans, such as tuberculosis.
Dr James McCormack
Head of Science Advise to Defra TB policy, Animal and Plant Health Agency, United Kingdom
Dr James McCormack is Head of Science Advice to Defra TB policy at the Animal and Plant Health Agency in the United Kingdom. James has a degree in genetics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD on the genetics of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked for Defra/APHA since 2003, initially managing Defra’s research portfolio in different animal disease areas, including TSEs and Bovine TB. Since 2013 he has been a scientific advisor to Defra’s TB programme.
Prof Christine Middlemiss
Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
Prof Christine Middlemiss is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.  She was appointed on 1 March 2018 having been working as the CVO in New South Wales, Australia since July 2016 where she led major improvements to biosecurity across many farming sectors. This work included implementation of new outcome focused, risk based biosecurity legislation; online animal certification processes; improving evidence and risk based disease control approaches. Prior to moving to Australia, Christine led Defra’s Animal Traceability and Public Health policy team, and also previously surveillance including detection and response to new and emerging diseases such as Schmallenberg and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. She is an experienced veterinarian. Before joining the UK government services in 2008, Christine worked in private practice with specific interest in research, meat processing and livestock genetics for a number of years in Scotland and the north of England prior to joining the Animal Health Agency (now part of Animal and Plant Health Agency) as a Divisional Veterinary Manager in Scotland. Christine comes from a farming family in the Borders of Scotland, with a background in beef cattle and sheep. In August 2019, Christine was appointed the role of Visiting Professor of Practice at Harper Adams University.
Dr Daniel J. O'Brien
Veterinay Specialist, Wildlife Disease Laboratory, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, USA
Dr Daniel J. O’Brien is a wildlife veterinary specialist at the Wildlife Disease Laboratory in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, USA. Dan holds doctoral degrees in Veterinary Medicine (1987) and Epidemiology (1998) from Michigan State University, where he is Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Large Animal Clinical Sciences.  His Ph.D. research under Dr. John Kaneene compared the spatial epidemiology of cancer in dogs and humans. His current responsibilities include the investigation, surveillance, and research of various diseases occurring in wildlife, particularly bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease of cervids, as well as formulation, implementation and evaluation of practical control policies. He also provides clinical veterinary support for MDNR’s field biology and wildlife research programs. Prior to coming to MDNR in 1999, he worked for several years in clinical veterinary practice, and several more as a risk assessment toxicologist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This is his fourth International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis, having presented plenary addresses in Dublin in 2005 and Wellington in 2009.,4570,7-350-79136_79608_83071-25019--,00.html
Prof Jonathan Rushton
Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Prof Jonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and food systems. His principal research interests are the: Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) where he leads a global program; economics of antimicrobial use and resistance in livestock; and assessment of the multidimensionality of food quality and public health. He has recently completed study on the economics of antimicrobial use in livestock in SE Asia for FAO and the economics of new livestock vaccines for the EU funded SAPHIR project. Jonathan embraces One Health approaches in the search for solutions to society’s health problems. Jonathan is based at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, leads a University Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems ( and is part of the N8 Agrifood programme ( He is also adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences of the University of New England, Australia and president of the International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (
Dr Eoin Ryan
Senior Superintending Veterinary Inspecor, Head of Ruminant Animal Health & ERAD Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland
Dr Eoin Ryan is a Senior Superintending Veterinary Inspector & Head of theRuminant Animal Health & ERAD Division in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland. Eoin qualified as a vet from UCD in 2002. Following two years in mixed practice, he did a PhD in foot-and-mouth disease in the Pirbright Institute, UK, and subsequently completed an MSc in epidemiology with the Royal Veterinary College. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher on FMD transmission, and spent two years working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on the control of FMD in the regions bordering Europe. Since joining the Irish Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, he has worked mainly on bovine disease investigation, control and eradication, including work on BSE, BVD, IBR, FMD, Q fever and other infectious diseases. Since 2017 he has been head of veterinary policy on TB eradication and currently heads Ruminant Animal Health & ERAD Division within the Irish veterinary service.
Ms Jane Sinclair
Area Disease Manager/Vet. epidemiologist/ Analyst, OSPRI, New Zealand
Ms Jane Sinclair is the Area Disease Manager in OSPRI New Zealand. Jane is a veterinary epidemiologist & analyst. The first 26 years of Jane's career was spent in clinical practice which were exciting and rewarding but ultimately the physical challenges deemed it necessary to re-train in a field of veterinary science that required more mental rigour rather than brawn. Jane commenced a second masterate at Massey University’s EpiCenter which reinvigorated a love for epidemiology and led directly to a job with the then Animal Health Board in bovine TB control in 2006. That position was very practical, hands on management of bTB infected farms, diagnostics and possum control planning. The successful decline in infected herds over the last 10 years have led to a change in focus away from the management of individual herds to the overall management of disease across the country. Studies have been conducted to maximise lessons learnt from policy changes and to implement the changes required for the final phase of the eradication process. Jane's research focus has been on the performance of livestock bTB diagnostic tests as they are applied in the field in New Zealand and surveillance strategies as the disease prevalence continues to decline.
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Dr Bouda Vosough Ahmadi
Livestock-health Economist,EuFMD/FAO,Italy
Dr Bouda Vosough Ahmadi is a vet and agricultural economist, specialized in economics of livestock health and welfare.  His research interests include assessing and evaluating agricultural policies and in particular prevention and control policies of contagious animal diseases as well as animal welfare.  He is currently working as a consultant in economics of livestock health to the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) which is one of the units of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) based in Rome.  Previously he worked for about 10 years as a senior agricultural economist in the Policy Analysis Team of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) based in Edinburgh. His research was mainly focused on policy analysis and socioeconomic impact assessments using quantitative methods and economic models applied to livestock health and welfare. In 2016, he worked for one year at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) based in Seville, where his main role was project management and contributing to further development and usage of an EU-Wide Individual Farm Model for Common Agricultural Policy (IFM-CAP) analysis.  He has authored and coauthored a number of interdisciplinary peer-reviewed articles and he is the board member of the International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH).
Prof Georgios Banos
Professor in Computational Biology, Animal Breeding and Genomics
Scotland's Rural College and University of Edinburgh
Prof Vivek Kapur
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University,