List of Members of, and Advisers to, the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Professor Chris Baggoley
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Australia
Dr Theresa Tam
Branch Head, Health Security Infrastructure Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
Dr Salah T. Al Awaidy
Communicable Diseases Adviser to Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
Professor Tjandra Aditama
Director General, Disease Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Health, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Dr Martin Cetron
Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States of America
Professor Claudia Gonzalez
Psychologist and Researcher, Center of Epidemiology and Public Health Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Clínica Alemana-Universidad del Desarrollo, and Partner-Director Epi-Sur Consultores, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Dr Paata Imnadze
Head of Scientific Board, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia
Dr Fadzilah Kamaludin
Head, Office of Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health), and Director, Epidemic Intelligence Program (Field Epidemiology Training Program), Ministry of Health, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Dr Bjørn-Inge Larsen
Secretary General, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Oslo, Norway
Dr Ziad Memish
Deputy Minister for Public Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Professor Babacar Ndoye
Expert-consultant and trainer in hospital hygiene, infection control and patient safety, Dakar, Senegal
Professor Mahmudur Rahman
Director, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research and National Influenza Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Professor Maha Talaat
Director, Infection Control Unit and Deputy Director, Disease Prevention, Global Disease Detection and Response Center, United States Naval Medical Research Unit, No.3, Cairo, Egypt
Professor Oyewale Tomori
Redeemer’s University, Redemption City, Lagos, Nigeria
Professor Maria Zambon
Director, Reference Microbiology Services, Public Health England, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Dr Bernard Faye
Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Camel project, Center for Agriculture Project, Al-Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Senior Scientist, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, Montpellier, France
Ms Karen Tan
Senior Director, Public Communication Division, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore
Declaration of Interests - Members
Professor Babacar Ndoye
Professor Ndoye recently retired and is in the process of setting up a training programme in Senegal in the areas of hygiene and infection control, to be hosted by an institute of higher learning. This programme involves no financial investment on his part or any relationship with industry.
Professor Maria Zambon
Professor Maria Zambon is the Director of Reference Microbiology Services at Public Health England (PHE), an Executive Agency of the UK Department of Health (previously known as the Health Protection Agency (HPA)). Professor Zambon has worked for a UK government agency since 1994. In this role and all previous roles for UK government agencies, it is necessary to liaise with industry on a range of topics, including vaccines and antivirals, occasionally involving collaborative research and development agreements (CRADA) which fund laboratory staff and consumables. There has been no personal funding to Professor Zambon. Previously (up to 2009), the HPA received significant funding through CRADAs with vaccine manufacturers, including Sanofi, Novartis, CSL, Baxter and GSK. Roche currently provides funding through CRADA for development of analytical methods to detect the emergence of antiviral resistance. In 2012, Professor Zambon received a bursary for airfare and accommodation from the American Society of Microbiology for the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy to deliver a keynote address.
The interests summarized above do not give rise to a conflict of interest such that the experts concerned should be partially or totally excluded from participation in the Emergency Committee. However, following WHO's policy, they are disclosed within the Committee so that other members were aware of them. All other Members of the Emergency Committee declared no relevant interests.
Many of the Emergency Committee Members have extensive governmental experience and expertise – and consulting with WHO – in the areas that are the subject of the Emergency Committee proceedings, which were considered very relevant and important for the challenging tasks faced by the Committee.