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Mr. Joerg Ohle
President and General Manager,  Bayer Animal Health, North America

Joerg Ohle is president and general manager of Bayer Corporation's Animal Health Division, North America. Bayer Animal Health is a leader in the manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals to control parasites and diseases in dogs, cats, horses, and cattle. Mr. Ohle's responsibilities include management and strategic direction of the North American animal health business, and he also serves as a member of Bayer's worldwide animal health management committee.

Mr. Ohle's tenure with Bayer spans 28 years. He has held leadership positions with a diverse range of Bayer businesses in international markets and, most recently, was head of Bayer Health Care, Asia Pacific. Since moving to Kansas City, he has immersed himself in industry andcommunity leadership assignments, serving on the boards of directorsof the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, the Kansas City Area Development Council, and the Animal Health Institute, among others.

Mr. Ohle holds a business degree from Bayer’s International Management School in Leverkusen, Germany. He and his wife, children,and two dogs—Dingo and Tusker—live in Overland Park, Kansas.


Global Food Systems

Dr. Gregg BeVier
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Gregg BeVier joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in June 2009. He works in the area of agricultural development and on the market access team as a senior program officer responsible for livestock grants.

Dr. BeVier has 27 years’ experience as a business executive and has managed an international genetics business (PIC), an integrated livestock operation (Premium Standard Farms), and a division of a global animal health business for Merial. He has also helped St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine establish a clinical program for fourth-year students and has assisted entrepreneurs in crop biopesticides, livestock vaccines, genetically modified rice, and livestock imaging technology.

Dr. BeVier is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BS in Agriculture Science, MS in Animal Science, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and an MBA. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.


Service and Veterinary Care for Animals

Dr. Todd Tams
VCA Antech Inc.

As chief medical officer, Todd Tams is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of quality medical care at VCA’s hospitals and in their educational programs. He also heads the medical advisory board and helps to chair VCA’s regional medical directors. Dr. Tams serves as an ambassador to veterinary colleges across the countryand spends considerable time traveling around the world educating veterinarians about internal medicine.

Dr. Tams has been with VCA since its founding in 1986. He is a published author and renowned educationalspeaker, as well as an experienced veterinarian and board-certified specialist in internal medicine. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University.


Public Health/One Health

Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan joined CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1991 as an epidemic intelligence service officer. Until recently, he served as assistant surgeon general and deputy director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. He has led responses to high-profile domesticand international public health emergencies such as avian influenza, SARS, and the initial public health response to Hurricane Katrina.

In 1999, he served as one of the main architects of CDC’s public health bioterrorism preparedness program, which upgraded local, state, and national public health systems to detect and rapidly respond to bioterrorism. As deputy director of this program, he led the creation of the Critical Agent list, the basis for all biological terrorism preparedness.

Rear Admiral Khan received his MD from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapters, editorials, and brief communiqués and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.


Ecosystem Management

Dr. Peter Daszak
President, Wildlife Trust

Peter Daszak is a leader in the field of conservation medicine and a respected disease ecologist. Wildlife Trust is a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science linking ecology and the health of humans and wildlife.

Dr. Daszak is the executive director of Wildlife Trust’s Consortiumfor Conservation Medicine (CCM), a collaborative think tank of institutions. The CCM is the first formal inter-institutional partnership to link conservation and disease ecology. Dr. Daszak’s research hasbeen instrumental in revealing and predicting the impacts of emerging diseases on wildlife, livestock, and human populations, and he has beencalled upon several times to advise governmental, commercial, and noncommercial organizations, including NASA and leading pharmaceutical companies, on issues ranging from the environment to national security.

Dr. Daszak has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, authored book chapters, and has had his research featured in Nature,Science, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,andTrends in Ecology and Evolution. He is a member of the editorial boardof Conservation Biology and coeditor of the Springer journal EcoHealth.


Biomedical and Agricultural Research

Dr. Michael Knopp
Director of the Wright Center for Biomedical Imaging

Michael Knopp holds the Novartis Chair at Ohio State and is an internationally recognized expert in cross-sectional imaging in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography and computed tomography. He heads Ohio’s first Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, a joint effort with Case Western Reserve University and Phillips Medical Systems in Cleveland.

Dr. Knopp joined Ohio State in 2001 after several years as a staff scientistat the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he conducted research inMRI, positron emission tomography, computed tomography and ultrasound.

A native of Germany, Dr. Knopp attended Capital University in Columbus and earned his medical degree at the University of Heidelberg. Before moving to the NIH, he spent 12 years at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, where he rose through the ranks to become vice chair of the department of radiology and chief of the division of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

Dr. Knopp is board certified in radiology and nuclear medicine and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, many related to oncologyand therapy assessment.