Dr. Fabian Leendertz is a recognized world authority on primate diseases. He is Head of the special unit “Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms” at the Robert Koch-Institute and Associated Professor of Microbiology of the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) in Germany. Dr. Leendertz is a veterinarian by training and is specialized on zoonotic diseases. His main research focus is on zoonotic pathogens transmitted between wildlife (especially non-human primates) and humans, and the role of rodents and bats as reservoirs for hemorrhagic fever viruses in Central and West Africa. His approach is multidisciplinary with close collaborations with ecologists, primatologists and medical doctors. Most of his research projects are structured to incorporate a One Health approach that embraces human and animal health as well as environmental factors.
President, African Primatological Society || Director General of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques, Côte d’Ivoire
Vice President, African Primatological Society || Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK
Retired Professor || Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences, Makerere University