Prof Adam Kamradt-Scott specialises in global health security and international relations. His research and teaching explore how governments and multilateral organisations respond to adverse health events such as epidemics and pandemics, as well as emerging health and security challenges. Adam’s most recent research examines civil-military cooperation in health and humanitarian crises, and the correlations between gender, sexuality, health and security. Prior to entering academia, Adam’s professional includes having worked as a health professional, a political adviser, and public servant in national health security and pandemic planning.

Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security, and holds joint appointments in Georgetown University Medical Center and the School of Foreign Service. She teaches courses on global health diplomacy, global health security, and emerging infectious diseases in the Science, Technology and International Affairs, Security Studies, and Global Infectious Disease Programs. Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2016, she spent ten years at The George Washington University as faculty in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Since 2007, much of her work has been on the domestic and global implementation of the International Health Regulations as well as global governance of public health emergencies. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, and five books in addition to numerous op eds, blogs, white papers and book chapters.

From 2004 to 2019, Dr. Katz was a consultant to the Department of State, working on issues related to the Biological Weapons Convention, pandemic influenza and disease surveillance. She returned to the Department of State in January 2021 as a senior advisor on the global COVID-19 response and global health security

In 2019, Dr. Katz co-convened the first international scientific conference on global health security, bringing together over 900 participants from around the world to form a community of practice,

Dr. Katz received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, an M.P.H. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rebecca is the Executive Manager for the Global Health Security Network (GHSN). In her role, she brings her enthusiasm and innovation to drive the success of GHSN and the conference. With her positive and passionate approach, she ensures that all stakeholders receive the highest level of service. Rebecca’s dedication and hard work are evident in her solutions-focused mindset, attention to detail, and creative flair. She excels at creating valuable business opportunities through targeted marketing, networking, communications, and negotiation. As the Executive Manager of GHSN, Rebecca’s strength, determination, and love for challenges make her an invaluable asset to GHS2024.

Samantha’s dynamic and collaborative personality forms the bedrock of her success as both a communicator and a leader. She possesses an innate talent for forging connections with people, a quality that has been invaluable throughout her diverse career.

Following the successful completion of her Event Management Diploma, Samantha has had the privilege of channeling her skills into two distinct non-profit organisations, each dedicated to remarkable causes benefiting humanity.

In her professional journey, organisational prowess, diligent effort, and determination have been constants. Her primary focus on event management has equipped her with a wealth of experience in various domains, including sponsorship management, time and project management, effective coordination with vendors and suppliers, budgetary oversight, event planning and execution, and the cultivation of robust communication and stakeholder relationships. Samantha’s ability to adapt, her proficiency in working across different platforms, and her knack for creative problem-solving consistently position her as an invaluable asset in professional contexts.

Samantha thrives under pressure, finds immense satisfaction in completing projects, and she excels both as a team player and when working independently. Her true passion lies in her work. Events hold a special place in her heart, and she is wholly dedicated to making each one truly special.

Lauren is the Events Administrator for the Global Health Security Network (GHSN) and the GHS2024 Conference. She is passionate about creating inclusive and impactful experiences for attendees. Her unwavering dedication and warm demeanor contribute to the success of every event she organises. She believes in building strong relationships with colleagues, speakers, and attendees alike, making everyone feel welcome and valued. Lauren’s adventurous spirit and love for connecting with people from all walks of life greatly contribute to her ability to create inclusive and impactful events.


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