William "Bill" MacWright
As the founder of PHSG, Bill leads the organization's strategic direction and envisions a world free of pandemics. He is passionate about building a cross sectoral, One Health team to bring together the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle some of the grandest global health challenges across the human, animal and environemal paradigm. As a public health surveillance and health systems expert, Bill has worked on various aspects and types of surveillance and health systems in 20+ countries in the African, Asian, and Middle Eastern regions. He has consulted for leading public health organizations [e.g., World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Develop Programme (UNDP), CARE, The Carter Center] and numerous governments in conducting surveillance assessments, guiding national and regional surveillance strategies, and developing implementation plans to enhance surveillance and the quality of information produced for decision-makers.
He has had great success working on the community, district, national, and international domains of health systems. His understanding of how diseases are detected, reported, assessed, and responded to on each level, coupled with his political know-how and experience working with ministries in 20+ countries, has equipped him with the necessary skillsets to advise on surveillance systems and information building across countries and regions. Bill received his MPH from Emory University and his B.A. from Rutgers University.
Dr. Rob Breiman
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Policy Expert Consultant
Dr. Robert Breiman has extensive expertise in global health research and leadership around the world. As a senior level advisor and consultant for PHSG, he provides technical and scientific oversight on various projects.
Formerly, Dr. Breiman was the Director of Emory’s Global Health Institute (EGHI) and served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of several initiatives and has been author or co-author on 390+ peer reviewed publications. Until January 2020, he served as the PI and Executive Director of Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network, a $271 million project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through 2025. He also served as PI of the Rotavirus Immunization Evaluation Program (RIPEK), the Scientific Advisory Process for Optimal Research on Typhoid Program (SAPORT), and a large scale pneumococcal genome surveillance initiative to understand the impact of pneumococcal immunization programs.
Dr. Breiman worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 26 years as Director of the CDC- Kenya from 2010-2013, head of the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Division in Nairobi from 2004-2012, the Director of the National Vaccine Program Office at CDC Headquarters, the Chief of the Epidemiology Section of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1989-1995 and an EIS officer (1987-9).
From 2000-2004, Dr. Breiman was Director of the Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division and Programme Head on Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Sciences at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). At this time, he led World Health Organization (WHO) team in investigating SARS and three outbreaks of Nipah encephalitis in China; as well as the emergence of dengue hemorrhagic fever in Dhaka.
In addition to his work at PHSG he currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for the Global Health Crisis Coordination Center and serves as the Chair of the WHO committee of burden of diarrheal diseases. Dr. Breiman is a tenured Professor of Global Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and a Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.
He completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UCLA (1984-1987), and his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Program (1979-1983). He received his MD from the University of Arizona in 1979.
Brooke currently leads PHSG in project administration, ensuring our teams stay organized, policies up-to-date, and works with our accountants for financial reporting to our donors and clients. Brooke manages our reporting for UKAID projects as well as other donors, managing our financial reporting and compliance for 12+ countries. She got her start in the field of public health while working for an NGO in Brazil and continued her work in the health field in outpatient clinic settings in the US. She is currently working towards her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and MA in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. Brooke holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Filimon Mitiku Haile
Veterinary Health, Laboratory and One Health Expert Consultant
As a trained veterinarian and veterinary microbiologist and immunologist with a strong understanding of human health infectious disease, Dr. Filimon has a unique set of experiences and skill sets, making him uniquely qualified to further one health policy and strategies.
His interest includes enhancing disease diagnostics and surveillance in resource-limited countries through innovative approaches, zoonotic and neglected tropical diseases antimicrobial stewardship, and one health. He has an extensive experience working with pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in developing countries where he participated in training veterinarians and community animal health workers, community-based disease surveillance, development and validation of novel diagnostic tools, capacity building and indigenous knowledge management.
Filimon holds a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Melbourne, Australia; MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases from Addis Ababa University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Hawassa University.
Dr. Odile Le Minor
Veterinary Epidemiologist, Vaccine Development and One Health Expert Consultant
Odile is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and drug development. With over 10 years of experience, she worked in a wide range of settings, both in public and private sectors, ranging from human hospitals to animal farms in developed or low-income countries. This professional background, shared between human and animal health, is an asset in understanding the design and implementation of one health policies and strategies.
As an epidemiologist at the Institut Pasteur (Paris), she has gained a significant experience in defining, conducting and coordinating hospital-based multicenter studies on the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, within national or European projects. Living one year in Vietnam, she performed an in-depth field investigation on veterinary medicines in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on the behalf of IRASEC (research institute on Southeast Asia). Her successes also included, as R&D manager for a pharmaceutical laboratory, the development and commercialization of veterinary vaccines (for rabbit and poultry) and the setting up of good laboratory practices in the animal facilities. Additionally, she has taught epidemiology to veterinary students and worked as clinical trial monitor.
Odile holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France), a diploma of medical bacteriology from the Institut Pasteur (Paris), and a M.P.H. from Paris-Saclay University.
Dr. Senjuti Saha
Laboratory, Advocacy and Health Systems Expert Consultant
Senjuti is a Bangladeshi-Canadian Microbiologist with her expertise laying at the intersection of clinical microbiology and global health. Senjuti’s portfolio of work is primarily focused on paediatric vaccine-preventable bacterial infectious diseases. She has significant experience in conducting laboratory-based bacteremia surveillance studies to monitor disease trends and generate information to guide public health policies.
In addition to her portfolio of work at PHSG, she also works as a Scientist at the Child Health Research Foundation in Bangladesh and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA. Senjuti holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Epidemiology, Global Health Security and Health Systems Expert Consultant
Affan is a public health professional with interests in disease prevention and health systems strengthening. With over seven years of professional experience, Affan’s work engages multilateral stakeholders including inter- and intra- governmental organizations, academic intuitions, NGOs, and communities in building local public health capacities, improving health outcomes, and increasing access. He has worked on the ground across 14 different countries, and during the peak of the MERS-CoV outbreak in Saudi Arabia and following the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Through his work, Affan is driven to strengthen health systems using evidence-based research. He has had numerous teaching engagements with Emory University, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University, where he has taught courses on public health surveillance, oral communication, and scientific writing.
He has successfully consulted with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous Ministries of Health throughout Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and the World Health Organization. In addition to consulting, he serves as a Visiting Scientist for the National Academy of Sciences and as an International Board Member to the Saudi Arabia Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Affan holds an MPH in International Health from Boston University and a BA in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.
Epidemiology, Health Communications and Health Systems Expert Consultant
Alina is a public health expert committed to providing comprehensive epidemiological information that enables organizations to make data-driven decisions to protect people’s health. She achieves measurable results by implementing all stages of monitoring and evaluation from pre to post project. Alina fuses technical surveillance skills with boots on the ground experience in 10+ countries to identify and address gaps in infectious disease detection and reporting. With over six years of experience building capacity in disease surveillance at multi-jurisdictional levels in international border regions, Alina’s strength is in forging diplomatic relationships and effective communication across public health sectors.
Her successes include consulting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mexico’s General Directorate of Epidemiology, Peru’s Ministry of Health, The Carter Center, the World Health Organization, and CARE, with three years living and working across Latin America. Alina holds an M.P.H. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Scripps College.
Dr. Shankar Yadav
Veterinary Epidemiologist, Statistical Modeling and One Health Expert Consultant
Shankar is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in statistical and stochastic modeling of highly infectious animal diseases of economic and zoonotic importance. He has worked in different parts of the world (South Asia, North America and Europe) in the field and research settings. He has wide networks among veterinarians and epidemiologists working in the areas of One Health, zoonoses and infectious animal disases particularly in South Asia.
After completing his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry degree, Shankar worked as a veterinary officer (private and government organization) for six years (2004-2010) in Nepal and contributed in disease diagnosis, treatment, outbreak investigation, and control. As a Fulbright Scholar, Shankar received his Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA (2010-2012). His Master’s project was focused on spatial, temporal, and behavioural analysis of animal rabies in Nepal and the Albany County, New York. Later, he earned a PhD degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (2012-2016) in the areas of modeling and simulation of classical swine fever spread and control in the context of the United States.
After completion of his PhD, Shankar received a postdoctoral fellowship (Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE)) to expand his research through the collaboration with the USDA-APHIS-Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, Fort Collins, CO and USDA-ARS-Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York. During his 2.5 years of postdoctoral research at the USDA, he parameterized the foot-and-mouth disease spread models and assessed various control strategies for FMD control in the context of the United States. As a consultant, he worked with FAO (at headquarter; Rome) to contribute to the preparedness and contingency planning for the control of FMD in Europe and coordinated trainings, webinars, workshops for veterinarians or epidemiologist in different parts of the world. Shankar is one of the One Health leads for PHSG and works across subSaharan Africa, South Asia and SouthEast Asia to develop regional frameworks for one health AMR data sharing and use in each region.