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Title: Vice President for Health and Policy
Work: EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Dr William Karesh is the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy for EcoHealth Alliance. He is also the President of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Working Group on Wildlife Diseases and chairs the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group, a network of hundreds of wildlife and health experts around the world. Since 2009, he has served as the Technical Director for the US$75M USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT program.
Dr Karesh has pioneered initiatives focusing attention and resources on solving problems created by the interactions among wildlife, people, and their animals. He coined the term “One Health” and has created numerous initiatives to encourage linkages among public health, agriculture and environmental health agencies and organizations around the world. He has lead programs and projects in over 60 countries, covering terrain from Argentina to Zambia. In addition to his work in the private sector, Dr. Karesh has also worked for the USDA, DOD, DOI and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. Dr. Karesh is internationally recognized as an authority on the subject of animal and human health linkages and wildlife. He has published over one hundred and sixty scientific papers and numerous book chapters, and written for broader audience publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Huffington Post.