Prof. Edna Yamasaki Patrikiou (MSc, MD, PhD) is a trained medical doctor and holds an MSc and PhD in Biophysics (Neurobiology). She is a Professor at the Department of Life and Health Sciences.
She is currently the Vice-President for the Cyprus Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, the editor-in-chief of the PANR eJournal for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Rehabilitation and a member of the Parallel Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus in the Committee on Environment, Ecology-Sustainability and Health.
Previously she held the position of Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Nicosia, participating in a number of important administrative and academic committees, chairing the University Internal Quality Assurance Committee and the Erasmus Office, and being a member of the University of Nicosia Senate and Council. She was also an Ambassador of Tourism for the Republic of Cyprus until 2018.
Prof. Yamasaki Patrikiou has established a fine record of teaching and research in her native Brazil, the USA and Cyprus. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, among others, in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Basis for Neurochemical Differentiation in the Central Nervous System, Retinal Neurochemical Seminars, Fundamental Neurobiology, Fundamental Neurosciences and Physiology and Biophysics. She has also supervised MSc and PhD candidates in Brazil and in Cyprus. She is actively involved in local and international projects and has held grants from the Brazilian, Cyprus and European funding agencies. As a result of her involvement in research, she has published extensively in the area of the nervous system and in public health and the environment.
Prof. Yamasaki Patrikiou got her first degree in Medicine in 1988 from the School of Medicine, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, followed by an MSc. (1990) and PhD (1994) degrees in Biophysics (Neurobiology) from the Institute of Biophysics Carlos Chagas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She did her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA; the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Her research interests include (a) the Development of the Central Nervous System (Morphological and Electrophysiological aspects, Plasticity Role of Neurotransmitters, Neuromodulators and Pharmacological Agents), (b) the Developmental and Degenerative Diseases of the Central Nervous System, (c) Drugs of Abuse in the Developing Brain, (d) Aging, (e) Development of New Materials with Potential Biological Applications, and (f) Environment, Water and Health.
She is a member of the following professional associations: (a) Society for Neuroscience (USA) member since 1989, (b) Brazilian Society for Neuroscience member since 1989 (c) IBRO (through the SFN and the Brazilian Society for Neuroscience) (d) AAAS (USA) member since 2008 and (e) Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (since 2010); ESPEN (EU since 2016) and CySPEN (Cyprus, since 2016).
Doctor of Medicine (Oviedo) and Doctor of Public Health (London). Medical specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health trained as epidemiologist at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and Unité de Recherche Biomathématique et Biostatistique – Université Paris VII (France). He was President of Médecins Sans Frontières – Spain and has worked in design, implementation and evaluation of international cooperation programs in the fields of Epidemiology, Disaster Medicine and Public Health in several countries of Africa, Central and South America and Asia. He is currently Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Department of Medicine of University of Oviedo (Spain) where he directs the Unit for Research in Emergency and Disaster (UIED).
Expertise areas: Epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, epidemiology of emergencies and disasters, operational research.
Doctor in Medicine and Surgery (MD, PhD). Medical Specialist in Family Medicine. Trained as Family doctor and then specialized in emergency medicine through a postgraduate Master in Emergency and Disaster Medicine. Developed his PhD from 1996 to 2001 in risks analysis and medical response to chemical disasters. Since 1996 he has been a member of the Unit for Research in Emergency and Disaster (UIED) and has been working in the clinical and research field of emergency and disaster medicine since 2001, combining research and education with his work as emergency physician in the prehospital setting and as medical coordinator in an advanced life support unit in SAMU-Asturias. He is currently Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Department of Medicine, University of Oviedo, where he is the coordinator of the Unit for Research in Emergency and Disaster (UIED), the Postgraduate Training Program in Emergency Medicine and Disaster Health and Coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Health in Disasters. In 2020 and 2021 he has been in charge as medical director of an alternate care site hospital for COVID patients, and since 2020 is the national coordinator of the Prehospital Emergencies Research Network of Spain.
Expertise areas: Prehospital care. Disaster and mass casualty incidents response. Public Health and Emergency Medical Services. Triage.
Dr Christiana Demetriou is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Dr Demetriou holds a Master of Public Health from Imperial College London (ICL) and a PhD in Clinical Medicine Research from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at ICL. Her research interests include neuro- and cancer epidemiology, as well as molecular investigation of the common links between chronic diseases (“diseasome”). She has designed and participated in studies investigating the impact of the Mediterranean Diet, as well as other environmental exposures, on cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and ALS. In addition, she is interested in the field of biological embedding, the process through which external exposures become internalized to influence health, and she works on investigating theoretical aspects of carcinogen evaluation/risk assessment. Lastly, Dr Demetriou is the Principal Investigator/Project Manager of the C-MOR project, which consists of a large international consortium of partners, and aims to investigate mortality trends during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.unic.ac.cy/coronavirus/mortality/). Dr Demetriou is a qualified Project Manager and has experience in managing grants/research projects. She also has expertise on study design set-up and data analysis.
Dr Johan Von Schreeb Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Johan von Schreeb is a general surgeon and professor of global disaster at Karolinska Institutet where he leads the center for research on health care in disasters. He has significant field experience from global disasters working with WHO and MSF. He was the co-founder of MSF Sweden.
Dr Carmen Varela Santos
Head of Section Public Health Training, ECDC
Dr Carmen Varela Santos DVM, MSc, Head of Section Public Health Training, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Carmen Varela Santos is Head of Section Public Health Training at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) responsible for the strategic direction of the ECDC Fellowship Programme (EPIET and EUPHEM paths), and Continuous Professional Development, including e-learning hosted at the ECDC Virtual Academy (EVA).
Starting at ECDC as senior expert in 2005, Carmen organised training for EU/EEA public health professionals, helped define competency frameworks (e.g., field epidemiology, infection control, public health emergency preparedness), and managed training needs assessments and consultations with Member States. Carmen has also conducted early warning, rapid risk assessment, pandemic preparedness, and response support (e.g., avian influenza outbreaks). Before joining ECDC, Carmen was Academic Coordinator of the Field epidemiology training programme (FETP) at Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII, Spain). She had been public health inspector for Official Veterinary Services and worked in early warning, preparedness and response for the Public Health DG of Galicia (e.g., SARS 2003), after receiving her Master’s in applied epidemiology in 2001.
Currently, Carmen serves also as a public health event manager in the ECDC COVID-19 response roster, leads the MediPIET team under the EU Initiative of Health Security, with EU funding (2020-2024) and contributes to partnerships as the Strategic Leadership Group of the FETP enterprise and the Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP).
Dr Debarati Guha-Sapir University of Louvain, Brussels and Centre for Humanitarian Health Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore
Debarati Guha-Sapir, was born in India and is currently full professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She studied epidemiology in Johns Hopkins University and Université catholique de Louvain, from where she got her doctorate degree. She directs the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) specialized in the epidemiology of disasters and conflicts in the Institute of Health and Society at the Université catholique de Louvain. Her research is largely field based in disaster prone areas. Her work has been a mix of academic publishing, policy and field support. She founded the international reference disaster database EMDAT and set up a system for civil conflicts data (CEDAT). She writes frequently in international newspapers and is actively engaged with national governments and major donors to change policy and improve the impact of humanitarian aid. She has coordinate FP6 and FP7 projects and is currently partner of two FP7 projects and one HORIZON2020. She has been elected a member of the Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique and received the Peter Safar Award from the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
Mr Altaf Musani Director of Emergency Health Interventions, WHO
Altaf Musani began his public health emergencies’ career as Field Manager for International Medical Corps (IMC) Sudan in 1995. This stint was soon followed by a research fellow position with the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after these roles, Mr. Musani began his illustrious WHO career in 1999, as a Field Officer in Afghanistan. He then continued to support the MENA Region as Chief of Operations in Pakistan, Iraq, and Lebanon. From 2002 till 2009, Altaf served as the Regional Adviser for Emergencies at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean based in Cairo. During this period, he focused on emergency preparedness and humanitarian action, building country capacity in the Region. After this post, he was promoted to the Directorship position of the WHO Mediterranean Centre for Health and Risk Reduction in Tunis. Furthering his passion for humanitarian work, Mr. Musani was nominated Deputy Representative of WHO in Iraq and was later confirmed as the WHO Representative in Iraq where he successfully served almost 6 years. In late 2018, Mr. Musani was appointed to the post of WHO Representative in Yemen directing the Organization’s one of the largest country missions, managing over 300 staff across all offices and 6 hubs/offices in Yemen, Jordan, and Djibouti. As of January 2021, he serves as the Director of Emergency Health Interventions at Headquarters streamlining the WHO’s operations in fragile, conflict and vulnerable settings with a special focus on the management of high impact diseases and coordination of the global health cluster partnership.
Dr Madhushree Sekher
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Dr. Madhushree Sekher is Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Currently, she is the Dean of International Relations Office, and Dean, School of Vocational Education, TISS.
Institutions, political economy of representation, governance, inclusive development and policy implementation are her core research interests. Her current research is on institutions for food security, inequalities and social welfare systems, and democratic representation in India. She has been a recipient of the Australian Research Council (Discovery) Grant, DFAT-Australia Awards Fellowship, and grants from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Indian Council for Social Science Research (Major Project Grant), UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership Award, grant from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI), and Sir Ratan Tata Trust grant. She is currently associated with an international research consortium to study ethnic power relations funded by Swiss Development Council and Swiss National Science Foundation. She was a Visiting Faculty at IFPRI-Washington, the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany), the University of Sydney (Australia), and a Visiting Professor at the Tata-Cornell Institute, Cornell University, New York. Author of many research articles and books, including ‘Feeding India: Livelihoods, Entitlements and Capabilities’ (Earthscan, 2013), and ‘Governance and Governed’ (Springer, 2017), and ‘Including the Excluded in South Asia (Springer, 2019), she has a PhD in Political Science, and was recipient of World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship for post-doctoral research.
Dr Anne Merewood CHEERing (Greece) and Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Merewood directs the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the BUSM and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the BU School of Public Health. Her work has included broad scale implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative with the DHHS Indian Health Service, and mostly recently, across Mississippi. In 2018, she launched CHEERing, a non-profit organization supporting breastfeeding and preventive care among maternal child populations in refugee camps and shelters in Athens, Greece, which she also directs. Anne gained her undergraduate and PhD degrees at Cambridge University, England, and her Masters in Public Health at Boston University. She has published over 60 papers in the medical peer reviewed literature. She lives in Athens, Boston, and northern England.
General and trauma surgeon from India (Mumbai) and Public health Team lead, Systems Strengthening, CARE-India (Technical Support Unit to the Department of Health, Govt of Bihar, India)
Adjunct Professor (Research), School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine,Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Nobhojit Roy trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India, and in the U.K. He holds an MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden on surgical outcomes and health systems in resource-poor settings. He was Professor and Chief of surgery providing universal healthcare to 100,000 people in suburban Mumbai. His department is the designated WHO Collaborating centre for research in Surgical care delivery in the LMICs (SEARO region). Thereafter he has been the National Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence for the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Director of Health Systems Strengthening at CARE-India. He was one of the Lancet commissioners for Global Surgery (2015) and for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion (2020). He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Lifebox.
Professor Chaoyi Pang Ningbo Tech University, Ningbo, China
Professor Chaoyi Pang is Dean of the School of Computer and Data Engineering at NingboTech University and a senior member of ACM. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie in algorithm, stream data compression and processing, database and e-health.
Dr Maria de Lourdes Aguiar Oliveira
Instituto Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz
Dr Amod Mani Dixit (Nepal) is a leading earthquake disaster management professional, involved in this field for the past 25+ years. A geologist by academic background, Dr Dixit has demonstrated to the world, especially to the nations that have tremendously suffered from earthquake disasters or hold a high risk of earthquake disaster in near future that an individual desire can always make a change. He currently leads a non-governmental organization in Nepal, which in these 25+ years has demonstrated that a well-managed and dedicated organization is also possible in a resource lacking place like Nepal.
Dr Dixit was awarded a Doctor of Engineering degree by Ehime University of Japan in recognition of his research study in the field of earthquake disaster risk management focusing in Nepal. He has a Bachelor-cum-Master degree from the Leningrad Mining University, Russia (1973), and also has Master of Science degree from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. His work experience includes about 18 years of government service (Department of Mines and Geology, Nepal), 11 years of parallel consulting service to an engineering consulting firm, and 20 years with National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), a non-governmental organization established by himself and his team members back in 1993.
Dr Dixit has an authored/co-authored publication record of about 70 papers including national and international conference proceedings, books and book chapters, and renowned international journals. He and his organization NSET have not only contributed to Nepal and Nepalese community but also have made a great name in the world in the field of earthquake disaster risk management.
Dr Richard Garfield Center for Global Health (Division of Global Health Protection) US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Richard Garfield is Professor Emeritus of Clinical International Nursing, and Clinical Population and Family Health, Columbia University. Since 2013, Garfield has been Team Lead in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Garfield worked with health authorities in Central America in malaria control, where wars during the 1980s stymied disease control efforts. He helped reorganize health services to protect civilians from the impact of conflict, quantified the impact of conflict on noncombatants, studied the effects of economic sanctions on health in Iraq, Cuba, Nicaragua, Liberia, Haiti, and the former Yugoslavia, and took part in needs assessments in Myanmar, Pakistan, Haiti, South Sudan. Garfield was the founding director of the Health and Nutrition Tracking Service at the World Health Organization and continues to collaborate with WHO on Global Health Security. He has assisted in developing applied methods of epidemiologic assessment to the area of emergencies and disasters.
Dr Emanuele Bruni
Health Cluster, WHO
Dr Emanuele Bruni Health Cluster, WHO
Emanuele is a Health Cluster Coordinator with many years of experience in the United Nations, academy environments (Sapienza University of Rome, Mekelle University, University of Oviedo, Karolinska Institutet, Universidad Alas Peruanas) and NGOs. He started his career with a focus on Global Health and Academy shifting then to Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Action, Emergency and Outbreak Response. This included many deployments in development and humanitarian settings and the building of a solid background based on the purposeful use of fieldwork and research to guide projects, manage teams, facilitate communication, monitor and evaluate progress, create policies, methodologies and strategies. Currently, he is supporting WHO and Health Cluster Coordination and Partnership East Ukraine. Previously he worked in several emergency and outbreak responses (Fragile countries, Ebola, Conflicts) with WHO Headquarters. In 2020 he was the lead of COVID 19 M&E Pillar for World Health Organisation Emergency Programme.
Mr Christos Stylianides Minister of Climate Change and Civil Protection, Greece
Mr Christos Stylianides Minister of Climate Change and Civil Protection of the Hellenic Republic. Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and former EU Ebola Coordinator (2014-2019)
Mr Christos Stylianides is a Visiting Professor at the Medical School of the University of Nicosia.
Mr Stylianides, a Dental Surgeon, is the Minister of Climate Change and Civil Protection of the Hellenic Republic and former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management (2014-2019). On October 24th, 2014 he was appointed by the European Council EU Ebola Coordinator and served until the end of the term of the Juncker Commission. As Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr Stylianides greatly contributed to the EU’s global role as a “soft power” and was characterized as the “humanitarian face of Europe” across the globe. Mr Stylianides is considered the architect of rescEU which upgraded and strengthened the European system of civil protection. Moreover, as EU Ebola Coordinator, Mr. Stylianides played a key role in the international efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak (2014-2016) and the latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under this capacity, he coordinated all European policies and the EU’s and Member States’ responsible services. He led the actions to strengthen the Humanitarian-Development Nexus by establishing better connectivity between humanitarian and development efforts in order to meet the UN Sustainable and Development Goals (SDGs). His multifaceted work received international and European recognition through several awards.
Dr Michèle Kosremelli Asmar
Institut Supérieur de Santé Publique (ISSP) at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut
Dr Michèle Kosremelli Asmar
Institut Supérieur de Santé Publique (ISSP) at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon
Director, Higher Institute of Public Health, Saint-Joseph University of Beirut
Chercheur Associé, LEMNA, Université de Nantes
Professor health management
Consultant in management: General, Health, NGO’s
Management and health policy
Disability and inclusion
Quality and Accreditation
Fernando Crespo has 25 Years of Experience in Emergencies, and is a holder of a Law Degree from the University of Oviedo, as well as a Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention. University of Oviedo.
CIVIL PROTECTION TECHNICIAN. EMERGENCY SERVICE OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF ASTURIAS. Since April 2008 – 2021.
COORDINATOR of 112 ASTURIAS. Ministry of Justice, Public Security and Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Asturias, from August 2002 to april 2021.
TEAM LEADER OF OPERATORS OF THE EMERGENCY COORDINATION CENTER, 112 ASTURIAS. UMANO INTEGRAL SERVICES. From June 1999 to August 2002.
COORDINATOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND SERVICES OF CIVIL PROTECTION AND PREVENTION OF OVIEDO. PROTECCIÓN CIVIL OVIEDO, from March 1996 to January 2000.
Professor Antonio Jose Leal Costa
Public Health Institute and School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
MD, MPH, PhD Public Health Institute and School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Antonio José Leal Costa holds a medical degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense (1987), and a medical residency in Social and Preventive Medicine from Universidade Federal Fluminense – Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – (1991). He has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – (1995) and a PhD degree in Public Health from Universidade de São Paulo – São Paulo University – (2001). He worked as a public health physician at the Municipal Health Departments of Niterói and Rio de Janeiro up to 1995, when he joined the faculty of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – (UFRJ). Currently, Antonio José Leal Costa is an associate professor at Instituto de Estudos em Saúde Coletiva – Public Health Institute – (IESC) where he teaches both at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising public health doctoral students. He has experience in the Public Health area, with an emphasis on epidemiology, working mainly on the following issues: health indicators and quality of life, epidemiological surveillance of transmissible diseases, maternal-infant epidemiology and fuzzy logic applied to epidemiologic studies. He was also a research scholar at Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation – (FAPERJ) – from 2009 to 2011 and from 2012 to 2014. Since 2014 he is a Senior Researcher at at Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Amazonas – Amazonas State Research Foundation – (FAPEAM). At present he coordinates two major research grants funded by Brazilian Federal Government Research Agencies, namely “Diagnosis and decision making in Public Health, Environment and Economics, through modelling and application of algorithms using Fuzzy Logic, in support for fighting the COVID-19 epidemic” and “Development of classification models to support the differential diagnosis of Zika virus infection: contribution to the improvement of arboviruses surveillance in the state of Amazonas, Brazil”. He has been a Director at IESC/UFRJ since 2015.
Dr Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)
Dr Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Immunology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais / UFMG and a PhD in Immunology from Johns Hopkins University. He is the Vice-President for Research and Biological Collection of the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS), International Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH).
Professor Sandy Tubeuf
CRED/IRSS, Catholic University of Louvain
Prof. Sandy Tubeuf
CRED/IRSS, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Sandy Tubeuf has joined UCLouvain as a professor of health economics in Sept. 2018 and she is Visiting Professor at the Hospinnomics Chair at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and Paris School of Economics.
Prior to her appointment at UCLouvain, Sandy spent 10 years at the University of Leeds where she was regularly promoted to new roles, from 2013 she was appointed Associate Professor and deputy director of the Academic Unit of Health Economics. She received her European PhD in Economics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics in 2008. She has also developed a substantial empirical and theoretical body of work on the understanding of the determinants of health inequalities and the importance of family background, individual lifestyles and access to health care using data in France, the UK, and Europe. She has also developed research work in global health and development economics working on efficiency in health care facilities in Indonesia, evaluation of a contraceptive use programme in Nigeria, and educational outcomes in Bangladesh and low- and middle-income countries. Since joining UCLouvain, she shares her time between the Institute of Health and Society (IRSS, Faculty of Public Health) and the Institute of Economic and Social Research (IRES, LIDAM), and she has built a fully new research team in health economics.
Maria has a Medical Degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and holds a joint Master’s Degree in Public Health in Disasters from the Karolinska Institute and the University of Oviedo.
Maria joined the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED; www.cred.be) in 2017, where she is involved in field research and training in humanitarian aid issues, and leads a project on Hospital Resilience in Nepal. She has been on various field missions including to Kerala, India after the flash floods in August 2018 and to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Maria has also been a Red Cross delegate for Emergency Response Units on Community-based Surveillance, and is closely involved in several teaching programs related to Disaster Medicine, Disaster Epidemiology, and Global Public Health. She is currently a lead Epidemiologist at GSK Vaccines conducting research for the development of new vaccines tackling global health challenges.