Dr. Subhash Morzaria is a veterinarian with an MSc and a PhD in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UK. He has over 35 years of international experience in the areas of animal health, high impact zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases, and livestock development. He has worked for several national and international organisations in Africa, UK and Asia and held senior research and managerial positions in various institutions that include the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) of the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) of the Consultative Group on Agriculture (CGIAR), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
In Africa, his worked focused on addressing a range of animal disease problems focusing on the improvement and commercialisation of existing technologies and development of novel vaccines against a range of vector-borne pathogens using immuno-molecular approaches. Between 2003 and 2014, he worked for the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok in various capacities including coordinating FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) programme addressing the crisis due to highly pathogenic avian influenza, and other high impact zoonotic and non-zoonotic infectious diseases.
In Asia he has also been involved in developing a number of regional and international strategies for prevention and control of avian influenza and other major transboundary animal diseases (TADs) including FMD and CSF, Including the development and promotion of One Health concepts. He also played a leading role in coordinating and developing the multi-agency (FAO, WHO, UNICEF, UNSIC, OIE and WB) document: Contributing to One World One Health: Strategic Framework for Reducing Risks of Infectious Diseases at the Animal-Human-Ecosystems Interface.
Between 2015 and 2018, he has been the Senior Animal Health Adviser to the Animal for FAO based in Rome, Italy, as well as the Global Coordinator of the FAO component of the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme, and supporting international efforts to address the severe problems of infectious diseases. Subhash has authored over 200 scientific papers in international refereed journals and has supervised a number of PhD students in the Africa, UK and Asia. He is also Adjunct Professor at University of Murdoch, Perth, Australia, and serves or has served as a member of scientific advisory committees of a number institutions/organizations including GALVMED, EcoHealth Alliance, Institute of Infectious Animal Diseases of the Texas A&M University, and PREDICT-2 Programme of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, and South African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS) One Health Foundation.