Meet the team
Scott O'Neill (PhD FAA FAAAS) is a renowned scientist and founder of the World Mosquito Program. He’s worked at the University of Illinois, Yale University, The University of Queensland and Monash University. He has received awards including the Centenary Medal and Mackerras Medal. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology.
Reynold Dias (CPA) is an experienced financial and operations controller, and a Certified Practising Accountant. With more than 25 years’ experience in finance and general management within the research and higher education sector, Reynold now manages the finances, operations, safety and risk for the World Mosquito Program.
Van Pham is an HR professional with strengths in both strategic and operational HR management. Having spent more than 25 years working in human resources, Van has extensive experience in shaping and implementing people strategy for different stages of the business cycle. Her previous roles include Vice President Human Resources for BP Upstream Asia-Pacific and Director Human Resources at RMIT University Vietnam.
Cameron Simmons is a global leader in clinical and laboratory research in infectious diseases. He spent 13 years with the University of Oxford, based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Vietnam, where he saw severe dengue cases and developed a passion for preventing mosquito-borne diseases. He has published over 200 research papers, and consulted with the World Health Organisation, and vaccine and drug development companies.
Dr Claudia Surjadjaja is a public health professional with over 20 years’ experience across 30+ countries. Claudia is passionate about global health, the design, management and evaluation of infectious disease, and strengthening the health system. Her qualifications include Master of Public Health in Health Service Management, Master of Science in Medical Ethics and Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology and Population Health.
Peter Ryan (PhD) is a medical entomologist specialising in the control of viruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. With over 20 years’ experience in public health, specialising in the control of medically important viruses, Peter works closely with public health agencies in target implementation countries to develop the World Mosquito Program’s Wolbachia method to prevent dengue, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Kieran Walters specialises in helping organisations to operate more effectively and reduce complexity. He has advised across many sectors in the areas of strategy, project and investment governance, business process improvement, operating model design and organisational effectiveness. Kieran was previously the Project Governance Lead for BHP's Olympic Dam expansion and is a former partner of IG Partners (acquired by Cyient).
Bruno Col is a leader and practitioner in communications and public engagement. He has more than 25 years’ experience in communications, including humanitarian and international development communications, digital communications, photography, and film and television production. Bruno has worked across Asia, Oceania, West and East Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including humanitarian responses like the West Africa Ebola crisis.
Katie Anders is a public health researcher. She has worked in epidemiological research and public health practice for 15 years, with expertise in the design and implementation of field trials, disease surveillance, and clinical research. She previously worked as an epidemiologist and doctoral scholar at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, and as a public health scientist at the UK Health Protection Agency.
Ben Green has over 15 years’ experience in digital strategy and product development, including work in the telecommunications, research, public health, community, education and entertainment sectors. Ben has a background in user experience design and research, product management and significant experience leading agile product delivery teams.
Jacqui Montgomery (PhD) has more than 20 years' experience in the research and prevention of vector-borne disease in Asia, South America and Africa. Her experience includes extensive research into ecological effects on malaria transmission in urban and rural India and parasite sequestration in paediatric malaria patients in Malawi.
Simon Kutcher has been managing and advising on the implementation of international development projects for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience working on complex integrated programs across many sectors, including spending the past 15 years in public health.
Juanita De Souza
Juanita De Souza is an experienced learning and development professional specialising in the education sector. She has experience in curriculum design for professional learning training for K-12, vocational and higher education educators. Starting in English language teaching and then moving into finance education and professional learning for teachers, Juanita is passionate about learning and supporting professional growth.
JoAnn Stevelos has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management and resource mobilisation. JoAnn has worked closely with philanthropists, program staff, entrepreneurs, and other key stakeholders on strategic planning, program development and evaluation, and fundraising to improve the health and well-being of children and their communities. JoAnn holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science and a BA in History.
Christie Hubbard has been working in global health fundraising and business development for nearly a decade. Prior to that, she worked in fundraising in the academic medical research space for several anchor institutions in New York City. Christie has worked across Sub-Saharan Africa raising money for testing, prevention, vaccine access, and continuation of essential health services. Christie has a Master of Public Administration.
Eduardo Quevedo is a medical doctor and public health professional with over 15 years’ experience. He has worked in the public and private sector across the Americas. He trained as a MD in El Salvador, where he treated dengue. He has worked for USAID El Salvador, where he served as the country manager for the Zika response program and the PEPFAR program. He was on the COVID-19 task force for the US American Embassy in El Salvador.
Rafael Kaplan spent over 10 years practising as a corporate & commercial lawyer in law firms in Australia, followed by a senior in-house role in the Office of the General Counsel at Monash University. At the World Mosquito Program, Rafael Kaplan is responsible for providing high quality legal advice, supporting the Board of Directors, and ensuring the organisation is in compliance with its legal obligations in all areas.
Albert Joubert (PhD) is a molecular biologist and product development professional with over 20 years’ experience in research and development. Al works closely with mosquito production and implementation teams in target implementation countries to develop innovative scaling technologies for the Wolbachia technique. Al previously worked as a research scientist at the CSIRO as well as the University of Stellenbosch.
With more than two decades of global health advocacy experience, Bryan Callahan drives the World Mosquito Program’s engagement with global stakeholders. Prior to this, Bryan worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he supported program advocacy and communications for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and global health research and development. He holds a PhD in African epidemiological history.
Alan Mee is a community engagement leader and practitioner. He has over 15 years’ experience leading global organisations as they engage with communities. Alan specialises in stakeholder engagement, community mobilisation, social risk assessment, cultural heritage, human rights, and social investment. He has worked across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Jérémie Gilles (PhD) is a medical entomologist specialising in the bio-ecology and physiology of disease vectors such as Anopheles and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. He has more than 15 years’ experience working on innovative methods to control mosquitoes, specialising in large-scale rearing.