Dr. Nitish C. Debnath served in the Department of Livestock Services, Bangladesh, in different positions between 1979 and 1986. In late 1986, he joined the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and continued research in the field of animal virology and epidemiology until November 1996.

In November 1996, he joined the newly established Chittagong Government Veterinary College (CGVC) and occupied the position of Principal and Dean. He led the transformation of CGVC to Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) and appointed as the founding Vice Chancellor in 2006. In November 2010, he returned to the Department of Microbiology at CVASU as Professor. In July 2011, Nitish joined the FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases as the Senior Technical Advisor for One Health and Veterinary Education. He pioneered the One Health movement in Bangladesh in 2007 jointly with veterinarians, physicians, and environmental scientists, and launched a new professional organization called One Health Bangladesh. He has been chairing One Health Bangladesh since its foundation and has led 10 One Health conferences. He has been involved with U.K. Government-funded BALZAC project and subsequently got involved with One Health Poultry Hub project.

Nitish is also a core member of the Board of Directors for the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education for Asia; president of Bangladesh Veterinary Council; president of the professional organization Agriculturist (Krishibid) Institution Bangladesh; and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House Global Health.



Blessing Musa Stephen

Blessing Musa Stephen is a global health practitioner with a multidisciplinary background of expertise in pharmacy, public administration, management, and health economics, and more than 10 years of experience in the health development sector in Nigeria.

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