Vaccine Safety Net Secretariat



Mrs Isabelle Sahinovic is an international expert in project management. Before joining WHO headquarters, Isabelle spent more than fifteen years working in emergency and relief operations, post crisis health systems rehabilitation, mainly in Eastern Europe and Africa. Isabelle is coordinating the Vaccine Safety Net and participating to the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative management as a member of the Safety and Vigilance (SAV) team at WHO.


Dr Smaragda Lamprianou holds an MSc in Neuropharmacology, a PhD in Neuronal Physiology (Pasteur, Paris) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Global Health Policy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  Her research experience in vaccination and immunology included involvement on the development of a vaccine against Alzheimer's disease. She was also a scientific adviser to the Greek delegation during the 64th and 67th World Health Assembly.


Ms Alma Sokolovic-Rasmussen is a communication consultant with a broad expertise in web-communication, web-development, project management, design and online collaboration / communities. Alma’s background is in Communication for Development (MA) and Design (BA). She has 20 years of experience on projects with the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, UNOPS/UNISDR, and most recently, with WHO on the Immunize Europe Forum.


VSN Advisory Group


Dr Robert Pless is currently medical advisor to the Vaccine Safety Section of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Division of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada, with a special interest in communication issues. Since 2015, he is the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety chairperson.


Ms Catharina de Kat is a communications, web and information officer in the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme (VPI) of WHO/Europe. Prior to joining WHO, she worked as a consultant in web communications, editing and translation for nongovernmental organizations and academic publishers.


Dr Alberto Tozzi  is a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, where he is responsible for a research area and a telemedicine unit. He has participated in several studies on vaccines at national and international level. He has been a component of the Expert Vaccine Group of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. He has published papers on use of web traces for epidemiological surveillance purposes. He is currently running a study to monitor public information needs on vaccines, based on internet monitoring.


Dr Suleman Malik is currently working as C4D specialist in the Immunization Unit, UNICEF headquarters with focus on the Polio Endgame, and strengthening routine immunization programmes. Suleman led C4D teams in Malawi and Kenya before joining headquarters from his most recent post as Chief of C4D in Myanmar. Over the last 16 years with UNICEF, Suleman has supported the development of sev­eral innovative communication initiatives, including gender equity programming in Pakistan, a holistic communication strategy for child survival and development in East Africa, and a children-led edu-tainment initiative in Kenya to promote hand-washing, which has since been replicated in many countries.



Dr Jane Gidudu is a physician with several years of field epidemiology and vaccine safety experience globally. Most of her work focused on developing standardized tools & guidance for scientists to advance the understanding of vaccine safety in both resource-rich and resource-poor settings. She has conducted vaccine safety studies in clinical trial and post-marketing settings. She currently works with the Global Immunization Division, at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. She provides oversight for vaccine safety activities collaborating with several partners to support the implementation of WHO’s Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) activities.


Ms Sarah Loving is the manager of the Vaccine Knowledge Project, a vaccine information website managed by Oxford Vaccine Group, which is an academic research group in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford. She has considerable experience of writing about science and scientific issues for non-specialist audiences. She is also involved with an interdisciplinary project at the University of Oxford's Martin School entitled 'Collective responsibility for infectious disease'.


Mr Gary Finnegan is Editor of Vaccines Today. He has a degree in physiology, an MSc in science communication and has worked as a health journalist and editor for 10 years. He was a national winner at the EU Health Prize for Journalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and winner of two Irish Medical Media Awards. Gary plans and prepares content for Vaccines Today with the support of an editorial board.

Dr César Velasco Muñoz is a clinical specialist in preventive medicine and public health with a focus in global health and innovation. He is interested in social projects, health management and policies, clinical research and BigData epidemiology, and holds a PhD in HIV and global health. His research background is in epidemiology, vaccines, migrant health & HIV and public health. He has lived and worked in Mexico, United Kingdom, Mozambique, USA, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Sierra Leone and has international public health experience in USA, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. He is passionate about working with people who are driven to common goals to improve the global health and human development.

Dr María-José Álvarez-Pasquín works as a family doctor at Health Care Centre Santa Hortensia, and is a collaborator at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and tutor of family medicine residents. She is a Directive Committee member of the Spanish Vaccinology Scientific Society (AEV), is cofounder of the site and has been its Director since 2013. Her expertise combines the areas of health, Internet, vaccines and communication. Through “Vacunas Solidarias” she worked to bring vaccines to Haiti and other countries.

Ms Samantha Vanderslott is a social sciences researcher at the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Oxford Martin School, working within the Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease.  She is currently researching parental attitudes and decisions on vaccination, particularly in relation to pro-vaccination behaviours and vaccine acceptance. Samantha primarily draws on science and technology studies, medical anthropology, public health policy and political economy in her work and has experience working in government as a Senior Policy Advisor at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Her PhD at University College London focused on the policy development for neglected tropical diseases where she conducted fieldwork in Brazil and China, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva.

Dr Lucas Paseiro Garcia is a medical doctor with experience in diverse clinical fields. He is currently a trainee on anaesthesiology, reanimation and pain relief and a member of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Valles Oriental. He has experience in web development, web analytics and search engine optimization and collaborates with the Spanish Vaccinology Association (AEV) He has participated in vaccine-related research and is interested in vaccine communication, new technologies and health crisis.