AMR Conference Speakers
Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer. He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group. Prior to joining the UK government services in 1990, Nigel worked in private practice in his early career and in Government veterinary services in Belize and Yemen.
Shabbir Simjee took up a position in Elanco in 2004 where he is a microbiologist with global responsibilities related to R&D and Regulatory Affairs. Dr Simjee graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in England in 1992, he then specialised in infectious diseases completing a MSc in 1994 and a PhD in 1998 also from the University of Birmingham Medical School. After a brief time in research he went to work at the US FDA between 2000-2003 at the Centre for Veterinary Medicine specifically looking at gene transfer between animal and human pathogens and also heading the enterococcus part of the US National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring Systems (NARMS) program. He is also advisor to the FAO on setting up national AMR monitoring programs across SE Asia.
Dr Simjee is past-chair of the VetPath program a Pan European AMR monitoring program and is currently the co-chair of the CLSI veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing sub-committee Dr Simjee has served 9 years as editor for Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 10 years as editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and continues to serve as editor on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.