Management of the ICONZ project is directed by a Management Board. The Management Board will be guided by an Advisory Council (Steering Group). General day-to-day organization of ICONZ will be conducted by a Secretariat.

Management Board (Coordinators & WP Leaders):

  • Sue Welburn Leader WP1 – Management and coordination
  • Jim Scudamore Leader WP2 – Mapping global research on neglected zoonoses
  • Jacob Zinsstag Leader WP3 – Knowledge and information on neglected zoonoses
  • Pierre Dorny Leader WP4 – Improvement and development of disease control tools
  • Ignacio Moriyón Leader WP5 – Integrated intervention packages for neglected bacterial zoonoses
  • Franck Boué Leader WP6 – Integrated intervention packages for dog / small ruminant-associated neglected zoonoses
  • Sarah Gabriel Leader WP7 – Integrated intervention packages for neglected pig-associated zoonoses
  • Charles Waiswa Leader WP8 – Integrated intervention packages for neglected vector-borne zoonoses
  • Alex Shaw Leader WP9 – Socio-economic and institutional aspects
  • Helena Ngowi Leader WP10 – Cultural aspects, gender issues, traditional knowledge and messaging
  • Maria Vang Johansen Leader WP11 – Capacity building through technology transfer and training
  • Sue Welburn Leader WP12 – Communication and dissemination

Advisory Council Members


  • Sue Welburn (Coordinator)
  • Iona Beange (Communications)
  • Anna Walker (Case Study Manager)
  • Pauline McManus (Finance)
  • Stephanie Brickman (ICONZ Magazine)


  • Katinka de Balogh

Senior Officer – Veterinary Public Health Animal Health Service, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Professional Focus: Veterinary Public Health with a specific interest in neglected zoonoses and One Health. In her current position at FAO she is responsible for the setting up of international networks for veterinary public health and the development of zoonotic disease control strategies at global level.

Advisory Council Member:

  • Dr Chioma (Chichi) Amajoh

Executive Director, Community vision Initiative (CVI)
Former National Coodinator for the National Malaria and Vector Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.
She remains active in the Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working group and consults for the WHO / Global Malaria Program (GMP).

Professional Focus: Vector control with a specific interest in malaria. Managing and providing technical leadership for the design and implementation of malaria control, particularly Integrated Vector Management (IVM), with specific focus on Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and Larval Source Management (LSM).


Advisory Council Member:

  • Dr. François-Xavier Meslin


Team leader, Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZD), HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM),
World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva.

Professional Focus: Neglected Zoonotic Diseases with a specific interest in rabies. Dr Meslin has occupied various positions in WHO, including supervision of WHO activities dealing with antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens, public health response to biological weapons, the control of human African trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis, as well as veterinary public health and the prevention and control of zoonoses.

Advisory Council Member:

  • Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe

Former Vice President, Republic of Uganda (1994-2003)
Vice President Emeritus – Republic of Uganda Senior
Presidential Advisor – Population and Health.

Professional Focus: Affirmative action for women and other marginalised groups. Her mission is “to see the emancipation of rural women through functional skills development and access to micro-financing to ensure internally generated improvement.” In her current capacity, she is coordinating health financing reforms in Uganda’s health sector.


  • Prof Richard Kock

Chair Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases,
Pathology and Infectious Diseases Department,
Royal Veterinary College, London, UK (Wildlife Veterinarian and Conservationist).

Professional Focus: One Health and the ecology of wildlife disease in Africa and South and Central Asia. He has a specific interest in the relationship between wildlife and pastoral communities. He has engaged closely with the evolving global One Health movement where he highlights biodiversity issues in the disease and health context, in relation to environment and ecosystem health.


  • Dr Vincent Tanya
Dr. Vincent N. Tanya

Director of Research, Technical Adviser
No.1 Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Cameroon.

Professional Focus: Tropical Animal Health, with a special interest in viral diseases. He has worked on bluetongue, rinderpest (cattle plague), foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, PPR (peste des petits ruminants), and the parasitic disease, river blindness (onchocerciasis).

Advisory Council Member (Chair):

  • Professor Paul Gibbs, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS

Professor of Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Desk phone 1-352-294-4182; Mobile phone 1-352-339-3650

Professional Focus: One World – One Health by focusing on the control and prevention of emerging and foreign animal diseases including those of zoonotic importance through research, education, and policy development.

Paul Gibbs graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Bristol in England in 1967 and subsequently focused his career on the epidemiology, control and prevention of emerging viral diseases. For nearly 10 years he worked at the Institute of Animal Health in the UK on diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, bluetongue, sheep pox, and rinderpest. In 1979, he joined the newly established College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. In Florida, apart from teaching, he has worked on several emerging problems and foreign animal diseases that threaten the USA, most recently West Nile virus encephalitis in horses, canine influenza, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The focus of his work often takes him overseas to investigate emerging problems. Paul is a consultant to several government/international agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

Paul was Director of the University of Florida’s International Center from 1994 to 1999 and, among other responsibilities, worked on the Peace Process in the Middle East.

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