Team

Dr Walter Okelo is the project leader and a CSIRO research scientist. His current study involves quantifying human health risks and mitigation efforts required to control antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the human-animal-environment interface. Walter coordinates all research activities, conducts research on economics of AMR, facilitate policy discussions, conducts capacity building of in country research students on Economics and Epidemiology, and leads capacity building of paraprofessionals. Walter leads the project and oversees the timely and efficient implementation of the various activities to achieve project the project aims and objectives.

Dr Tara Sutherland is a research scientist with experience in technology development and microbiology. Tara manages the project, prepares management reports, conducts internal communication, assists in the development of new AMR technologies and support the project coordinator.

Dr Anthony Keyburn is a senior microbiologist with a PhD in microbiology from Monash University. Anthony is head of the Australian Brucellosis Reference Laboratory and the bovine tuberculosis laboratory at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory. Anthony leads the veterinary laboratory capacity building and conduct research on the bovine tuberculosis genomics.

Dr Seona Meharg is a social and integration scientist exploring the theory and practice of implementation in complex projects with a focus on how to catalyse systemic change through international development projects. Seona leads the social research, conduct research on the governance of AMR and develop and implement monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks.

Dr Adrien Ickowicz is a statistician and his main research interest lies in multivariate spatio-temporal statistical modelling and monitoring; space-state models and latent variable models; and Bayesian and computational statistics. Adrien leads risk analysis, develops the project sampling strategy, and develops risk frameworks. Adrien also co-supervises students as required.

Dr Keith Hayes is a senior risk analyst with vast experience in quantitative risk analysis in complex ecological systems. Keith supports biostatistical components of the project and provides technical backstopping.

Dr Geoffrey Hosack is a senior research scientist with expertise in probabilistic risk analysis and decision making under uncertainty. Geoffrey supports the development of risk frameworks and provide stechnical backstopping.

Dr Ann Seitzinger is senior economist with expertise in livestock economics and modelling disease impact on trade. Ann supports the development of economic frameworks and policy discussions as well as provide technical backstopping.

Professor Matt Trau is a research group leader with vast experience in chemistry analytics and development of microfluidic platforms using bioengineering and nanotechnology. Matt leads the development of new diagnostics and supervise post doc fellow  who will be conducting experimentation on AMR biomarkers and cartridges.

Asaesja Young leads the communication and stakeholder engagement components of the project and is responsible for developing and implementing the communication strategy.

Professor Steven Djordjevic heads the Pathogen Proteomics and Genomics research group in the ithree institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is also UTS’ lead for AusGEM (Australian Centre for Genomic Epidemiological Microbiology); a collaborative research partnership between the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the University. Steve leads the One Health genomics activities and supervises a post doc fellow working in this area.

Dr Branwen Morgan has a PhD in molecular neuroscience and is a visiting fellow at UTS and she has vast experience in strategic management having worked for not-for profit organizations and pharmaceutical industries. Branwen leads strategic management components of the project such as analysis of diagnostic pathway trends and identification of strategic partners. Branwen also conducts, and review strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats analysis related to project planning, technologies and risk management. Branwen is also responsible for managing the advisory panel component of the project.

Dr Erica Donner is an Associate Professor and Research Leader in the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. Her research provides a fundamental basis for environmental risk assessment and risk management, focusing on topics such as soil and water quality; wastewater treatment, by-product valorisation and reuse, and pollution management. Erica leads environmental genomics of AMR activities and co-supervises students as required.

Ashodra Gautam is a pharmacist and the immediate National AMR coordinator in Fiji responsible for coordinating the implementation of the national action plan on AMR. She is also the secretary of the national AMR committee. Ashodra coordinates in-country research activities in collaboration with NARC. Ashodra also takes a leading role in the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.

Dr Apolosi Vosanibola is Fiji’s Chief Pharmacist for the last 21 years and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the national action plan on AMR. Apolosi played a key role in the development of the national action plan having introduced it to the Cabinet in 2015 for endorsement. Apolosi oversees in-country research activities and prepares reports for presentation at the medicinal board.

Dr Eric Rafai is a medical doctor and a renowned epidemiologist in Fiji. Eric is the current head of research, innovation and data management in Fiji as well as the chairperson of national AMR committee. Previously, Eric was the deputy secretary of public health and was involved in various neglected tropical diseases initiatives. Eric represents NARC in the project, supports research activities and co-supervise students. Eric is responsible for the data management component of the project ensuring that information is well stored in Fiji, the messages are appropriate, and privacy maintained where required. Eric oversees the in-country innovation activities (i.e. diagnostics and data integration).

Dr Ravi Naidu is a medical doctor and infectious disease specialist in Fiji. Ravi works as a physician and a consultant at the Colonial War Memorial hospital. Also, Ravi is the national AMR sub-committee chairperson on antimicrobial stewardship. Ravi leads the antimicrobial stewardship activities in hospitals and participates in the epidemiology and economics research, and also co-supervises students if needed.

Dr Josiah Tiko is a medical doctor in charge of the Eastern region. Josiah coordinates AMR surveillance activities in Fiji, participates in the epidemiology and economics research, and co-supervises students if needed.

Dr Keresi Lomata is a senior veterinary officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji. Keresi did her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Queensland and has a lot of experience in large animal practise. Keresi is currently the acting director of the Fiji Veterinary Pathology laboratory. Keresi leads the animal health research activities in Fiji as well as laboratory capacity building. Keresi also represents the Ministry of Agriculture on the NARC and co-supervises students.

Dr Beato Lenoa is a senior veterinary officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in charge of western division. Beato, who is a University of Queensland alumni, supports animal health research activities and co-supervises students as required.

Dr Donald Wilson is a medical doctor and has vast experience in conducting public health research. Donald is currently the associate Dean for Research at FNU. He leads epidemiology and public health research activities in Fiji and co-supervises students if required.

Dr Numa Vera is a pharmacist and the current head of pharmacy school at FNU. Numa has vast experience in conducting public health research and she supports antimicrobial use research activities in Fiji as well as co-supervises students if required.

Prof Paul Iji is a professor of animal nutrition and the current Dean of the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Paul supports animal health research activities in Fiji and represents the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the NARC.

Vingelle Jimenez is a veterinarian and the current head of the veterinary school. Vingelle coordinates animal health related research activities at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and co-supervises students as required.

Aalisha Sahukhan is a medical doctor and the current head of Fiji’s Centre for Disease Control, Mataika house. She coordinates laboratory activities at Mataika house and participates in AMR research activities.

Dr Royford Magiri is a veterinarian by background and has just been employed as a veterinary microbiologist at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at FNU. Royford has recently completed a PhD in veterinary microbiology from University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Prior to that Royford was a clinical microbiology lecturer at the University of Nairobi veterinary school, clinical services department.