President, EcoHealth Alliance
Dr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach on global health, conservation and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research is focused on the origins and impact of emerging diseases, and includes identifying the bat origin of SARS, the drivers of Nipah virus emergence, publishing the first global emerging disease ‘hotspots’ map, discovering SADS coronavirus, launching the Global Virome Project, identifying the first case of a disease causing species extinction, and discovering chytridiomycosis as the cause global amphibian declines. Dr. Daszak is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Chair of the NASEM’s Forum on Microbial Threats, and a member of the NRC Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program. He serves on the Supervisory Board of the One Health Platform, the One Health Commission Council of Advisors, The Lancet One Health Commission, the Future Earth Health KAN Steering Committee, the CEEZAD External Advisory Board, and is a member of the Cosmos Club. He has served on the IOM Committee on global surveillance for emerging zoonoses, the NRC committee on the future of veterinary research, the International Standing Advisory Board of the Australian Biosecurity CRC; and has advised the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy in the White House National Security Staff, and the WHO on pathogen prioritization for R&D. Dr. Daszak won the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research on the discovery of amphibian chytridiomycosis, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecohealth. He has authored over 300 scientific papers, is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher for 2018 & 2019, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage.