Saul Walker OBE
Saul Walker is Director of Public Partnerships at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Saul leads CEPI's strategic engagement with global and regional partners (such as WHO, GAVI, Unicef, Africa CDC, European Commission) that are essential to the development of and equitable access to vaccines against epidemic and pandemic threats. Prior to joining CEPI, he worked at the UK Department for International Development (latterly Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) for 16 years, including roles as Deputy Director for COVID19 Vaccines, Therapeutics and Diagnostics (2020 - 23), Deputy Director for Ebola Response in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (2019 - 2020), Chief of Staff for the Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories Region and Senior Policy Advisor on Access to Medicines. He was seconded to the World Bank Mozambique Country Office for three years as a Senior Health Specialist and Task Team Leader. Prior to joining the UK Government, Saul held positions as Executive Director for Public Policy at the International Partnership for Microbicides, Senior Policy Advisor at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Senior Policy Advisor at the UK National AIDS Trust. He has been a Trustee director at both the Terrence Higgins Trust and NAM Publication, both UK HIV NGOs. He was awarded an OBE for services to international development in 2020. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick.
CEPI is a innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organisations. We're working together to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and to enable equitable access for those who need these vaccines for people during epidemics and pandemics.
Yazdan Yazdanpanah is the Director of ANRS emerging infectious diseases Agency, Director of the Aviesan/Inserm Institute I3M, Head of the Infectious Disease department at Bichat Hospital and Professor of Infectious Disease at Paris Cité University. Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Ph.D degree in public health from the Bordeaux School of Public Health. His research interests include the clinical epidemiology of HIV, viral hepatitis, emerging infectious diseases and the pharmaco-economics of antimicrobial agents.
Leena Ylä-Mononen is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 1 June 2023. She was born in Pohjaslahti, Finland in 1963. Ms Ylä-Mononen has a master's degree in environmental sciences from Helsinki University, specialising in ecotoxicology and chemicals risk assessment and management.
Before joining the European Environment Agency, she was Director General at the Ministry of Environment of Finland. She managed the Climate and Environmental Protection Department, dealing with environmental policy issues and EU files related to climate change, air pollution, industrial pollution, circular economy, sustainable consumption and production, waste management and the prevention of environmental risks from chemicals.
Before joining the Ministry in 2019, Ms Ylä-Mononen worked for over 11 years in management positions in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. Before joining ECHA in 2007, she worked in the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, on policy files related to chemicals and pesticides.
Earlier in her career she worked in the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) on environmental risk assessment and management of industrial chemicals, biocides and pesticides. Throughout her career, Ms Ylä-Mononen has been involved in international cooperation at the Nordic, European, OECD and global levels, and in the negotiations and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements on chemicals, waste and climate change.
Ms Ylä-Mononen speaks fluent English, in addition to her native Finnish, and has working level skills in French and Swedish. She enjoys nature, visual arts, literature and history.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union that delivers knowledge and data to support Europe's environment and climate goals.