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Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

Principal Associate/Senior Global Health Security Advisor, International Health

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, a nationally-recognized authority on global threats from infectious disease, is Abt Associates’ senior global health security advisor. In this role he works with colleagues at Abt to address such questions as:  How does a government strengthen and sustain its core public health capacities, as demanded by the International Health Regulations? What counts as a global health security concern? In the context of governance of global health, how to distil and translate lessons learned from other programs?

Gavin has more than 20 years of technical experience in infectious disease surveillance and response. He has worked on these issues with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and has appeared on CNN, BBC, CTV, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise in global health threats.

Prior to joining Abt, Gavin served as director of global disaster response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. He was the team leader to Nigeria and Liberia for Ebola outbreak response activities while serving as global projects manager for Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, and he worked in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program as a consultant to CRDF Global and Landell Mills.

After serving in the Australian and British militaries, he was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for the Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a Global Health Fellow at USAID.

Gavin holds a Master’s of Public Health with a focus on epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health, Emerging Infections, and Zoonotic Diseases from the Royal Veterinary College in London. He has a Bachelor’s of Veterinary Science with a focus on Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from The University of Queensland in Australia and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
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  • Infectious disease outbreaks and responses
  • Strategic planning and analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement and outreach
  • Capacity building and organizational change management
  • Program management, monitoring, and evaluation