Dengue Advisory Group (DAG)

The Dengue Advisory Group (DAG) is a group of experts who represent numerous disciplines from the preventative and curative cycles surrounding dengue fever, drawing on experience across fields such as medicine, vector control, diagnostics, disease & vector surveillance, vaccines, infrastructure development, and many more.

Each member of the DAG will work to champion World Dengue Day activities within their own professional communities and countries, acting as spokespeople to highlight the need for this global awareness day. 

In an effort to combat dengue using an integrated approach, the DAG will contribute invaluable expertise and assistance in a variety of areas:

  • Generating interest and awareness around new research in dengue

  • Highlighting the challenges that the dengue research, control and prevention community are currently facing

  • Encouraging the World Health Assembly to include World Dengue Day discussions in their upcoming meetings

  • Pushing for the United Nations to include a discussion of a World Dengue Day in their assemblies

  • Developing meeting programmes for future dengue meetings

  • Helping to spearhead global celebrations for a World Dengue Day 

Richard Allan - CEO, MENTOR Initiative 

Richard Allan is a qualified tropical parasitologist and has 29 years experience as a public health manager. Following four years in primary health care development for Zaire through the mid 1980s he then spent four years in malaria treatment research with Oxford University and the Medical Research Council with programmes in Gambia and Sierra Leone. Since the start of the Rwanda crisis in 1994 Richard has dedicated his efforts to developing disease control initiatives in conflict based emergencies and natural disasters [...] read more.

Dr. Ashwaq Alnazawi – Ministry of Health Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Ashwaq Alnazawi is a senior specialist in molecular cell biology at the Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, with expertise in vector control including insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and cross-resistance mechanisms to inform integrative resistance management and strategies. Dr. Alnazawi trained at the Nottingham Trent University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where she obtained respectively a MSc in Molecular Cell Biology and a PhD in Vector Biology.  

Sophie Durrans – Policy and Advocacy Manager, Malaria Consortium

Sophie Durrans is a global health policy professional with varied experience in health research and policy environments. At Malaria Consortium, she leads on global policy and advocacy for malaria and other communicable diseases, including dengue. Previously, Sophie has worked for universities, philanthropic donors and with UN agencies on a range of global health and development issues.

Pr. Duane Gubler - Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Dr Duane J Gubler, ScD, FAAAS, FIDSA, FASTMH, is Emeritus Professor and founding director, Signature Research Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. He is Adjunct Professor in his alma mater, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Global Health Institute. He has spent his entire career working on tropical infectious diseases with an emphasis on dengue, Aedes-transmitted and other vector-borne diseases. He has extensive field experience in Asia, the Pacific, tropical America and Africa, and has published extensively on all aspects of dengue and other vector-borne infectious diseases [...] read more

Dr. Somia Iqtadar – King Edward Medical University, Pakistan

Dr. Somia Iqtadar , a Fellow in Medicine, is working as Associate Professor of Medicine at King Edward Medical University. Dr. Somia did her post graduation in Internal medicine in 2010 and is amongst youngest medical fellows in faculty of King Edward Medical University. She’s part of many medical Advisory Boards and also designated as Master Trainer of Dengue infection for WHO and Government of Punjab. She is also appointed as Chairperson Dengue Expert Advisory group and first General Secretary Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine. She has numerous publications in indexed national and international journals and is the primary author of GCP guidelines on Dengue for Pakistan. She has also contributed three [...] read more.

Dr. Zulkifli Ismail – KPJ University College of Health Sciences

Dr Zulkifli Ismail is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric cardiologist at KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital and visiting paediatric cardiologist at the KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital. He was formerly Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He has also served as the Head of the Paediatric Department and Director of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) as well as Medical Director of its private wing, UKM Specialist Centre, before opting for early retirement from the academic world in 2005. He is currently Clinical Professor at KPJ University College of Health Sciences [...] read more.

Chris Larkin - Head of Communications & External Relations IVCC 

Chris Larkin joined IVCC in January 2017 as Head of Communications and External Relations.  As a member of the company’s executive team, Chris is responsible for the organisation’s marketing, public relations and stakeholder relations and leads a number of strategic project for IVCC including ZERO by 40. Chris Larkin has over 20 years’ experience in leading communication and engagement strategies across private and public sector organisations.
Prior to joining IVCC, Chris spent 6 years as Director of Communications at Salford University managing their PR, internal communications, digital communications and public affairs programmes in the UK and overseas.  Previous roles include Head of Brand and Communications at Marks & Spencer plc, Account Director at Hill + Knowlton Strategies and Senior Press Officer at Nationwide Building Society. Chris is a graduate of UNCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) and holds a B.A Hons (2:1) in Politics and Geography.

Dr. Rachel Lowe - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

Rachel is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, researching the impacts of global environmental change on vector-borne disease risk. She is also a visiting scholar at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Rachel obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Exeter. Her thesis concerned spatio-temporal modelling of climate-sensitive disease risk, with a focus on early warning systems for dengue in Brazil. She held postdoctoral positions at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and the Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences (IC3) in Barcelona, Spain, working at the interface of climate prediction science and public health decision-making. 

Derric Nimmo - IVCC

Derric manages the IVCC technical team and portfolio, evaluating new active ingredients and innovative vector control tools. The technical team works with industry and academic partners to bring innovative and sustainable tools for vector control to the market. Derric has 25 years’ experience in molecular entomology and field research in a range of insect vectors of disease. He has gained extensive experience in product development and technical leadership, including the technical development of innovative vector control tools, performing and leading field trials in several different countries, monitoring, intellectual property and patents, regulatory engagement and submissions, community engagement and cost of goods. With a focus on insect genetics, entomology and field deployment of novel mosquito control tools around the globe he is motivated by the practical application of current and novel tools for vector control to make a real difference in people’s lives. 

Gregory Rose - Health & WaSH Technical Team Manager, British Red Cross

Gregory has worked, and consulted, for WHO, Asia Foundation, Management Sciences for Health, World Vision, the NHS and at least 20 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies globally over the last 20 years. He has conducted needs assessments, baseline studies, mid-term reviews and evaluations as well as designing monitoring systems for multi-sector programmes in emergencies and in development contexts. He currently leads the Health & WaSH team in British Red Cross where he also has technical responsibility for an emergency response unit focused on hygiene and sanitation. He is a registered Public Health Specialist and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Dr. Hasitha Tissera - Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka

Dr. Tissera is a Senior Medical Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. He headed the National Dengue Control Programme from 2013 to 2019. He joined the Central Epidemiology Unit in 2002 after serving as a Regional Epidemiologist in the then war-torn Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. His responsibilities at the Epidemiology Unit encompass national surveillance of dengue, coordination of dengue case management based on National Guidelines and training of all levels of clinical and public health staff. As the programme manager of the Dengue Control Programme he was responsible in planning, implementation and evaluation of all dengue control activities at national and sub-national levels... [read more].

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