Director of Global Disaster Response
Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey. He has worked in public health leadership positions with both U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, the private sector, and military, designing public health preparedness and disaster response programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.
For the U.S. government, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner led a technical team in providing assistance in prevention and control of avian and pandemic influenza outbreaks, and provided direct support by bringing governments and partners together to form task forces that generated comprehensive national preparedness plans in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he was deployed to Banda Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami and led a team to design and conduct rapid health risk assessments, and developed integrated strategies with government, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations. He served in the Australian and British armies and coordinated public health programs in post-conflict environments. With the British government, he implemented community-based participatory approaches for disease surveillance and outbreak response.
Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has a bachelor’s in veterinary science from the University of Queensland, Australia, a master of science in emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases from the University of London, England, and a master of public health in epidemiology and international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His passion is engaging networks of experts who share knowledge and experiences to increase the global understanding of risk and preparedness.