Governance & Expertise

The GISAID Initiative receives administrative support from Freunde von GISAID e.V. a registered non-profit association, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. The GISAID Initiative's activities are governed by several organizational bodies that operate independently of each other.

One critical element to the success of the GISAID Initiative is its ability to provide for a fair and transparent, as well as a verifiable and unbiased mechanism not only to govern, but to take measures and guard against bias in decision-making, preserving scientific independence.

The Executive Board of Freunde von GISAID e.V. charged with overseeing the business affairs, is expected to minimize potential conflicts of interest concerning the funding sources. The combination of public and private funding from a number of entities is expected to give GISAID a degree of independence from individual and national interests that is viewed favorably by many in the scientific community and Governments alike.

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) comprises leading influenza scientists with expertise in epidemiology, human and veterinary virology and bioinformatics. Its members promote GISAID’s scientific mission by fostering interaction among members of the veterinary and human health communities and capacity building in developing countries, and in ensuring future technological development of the GISAID platform.

The Database Technical Group (DTG) comprises experts in human and veterinary microbiology and bioinformatics with expertise in genetic sequencing and data analysis of influenza viruses. In addition to providing feedback to the GISAID user community, the DTG provides advice to GISAID′s database developers on questions of a scientific & technical nature leading to improvements in the functional capabilities of the EpiFlu™ Database. Members of the DTG regular take part in GISAID Training Workshops to provide educational courses.

Scientific Advisory Council

Prof. Dr. Ian Barr
Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
Melbourne, Australia
Dr. John W. McCauley (Co-Chair)
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
The Francis Crick Institute
London, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Ian Brown
Director, OIE/FAO International Reference Laboratory for Animal Influenza Animal and Plant Health Agency
Weybridge, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Andrew Rambaut
Personal Chair in Molecular Evolution Institute of Evolutionary Biology University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Ron A.M. Fouchier (Co-Chair)
Molecular Virology
Director, National Influenza Center
Erasmus Medical Center
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Yuelong Shu
Dean, School of Public Health Sun Yat-sen University Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance on Emerging Infectious Diseases Guangzhou, Peoples Republic of China

Prof. Dr. George Fu Gao
Director General, China CDC
CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

Prof. Dr. Sylvie van der WERF
Head of the Molecular Genetics of RNA Viruses Unit Director, National Influenza Centre
Institut Pasteur
Paris, France

Prof. Dr. med Hideki Hasegawa
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza
Director, Influenza Virus Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Richard J. Webby
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, United States

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter
President, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute
OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza Federal Institute for Animal Health
Greifswald, Germany

Dr. David E Wentworth
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza
Deputy Director of the Influenza Division
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, United States

Dr. med Wenqing Zhang
(OBSERVER)
Head of the Global Influenza Programme
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Former Members of the Scientific Advisory Council

Database Technical Group

Prof. Dr. Trevor Bedford
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division Public Health Sciences Division
Seattle, United States
Dr. Rebecca J. Kondor (Co-Chair)
WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, United States
Dr. Mia Brytting
WHO National Influenza Center Institute for Communicable Disease Control
Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Isabella Monne
OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
Legnaro (Padua), Italy
Dr. Joachim Büch
Max-Planck-Institut for Informatics Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics
Saarbrücken, Germany
Prof. Dr. Richard Neher
Biozentrum of the University of Basel
Computational Modeling of Biological Processes
Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Seiichiro Fujisaki
WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza
National Institute of Infectious Diseases 
Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Vivi Setiawaty
WHO National Influenza Center
National Institute of Health, Research & Development
Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr. Monica Galiano
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
The Francis Crick Institute
London, United Kingdom

Catherine B. Smith, VSDB OBC
WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, United States

Naomi Komadina
WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza (VIDRL)
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
Melbourne, Australia

Benjamin Turner
Advanced Genomics
QIAGEN Bioinformatics
Aarhus, Denmark
Dr. Andrey B. Komissarov
WHO National Influenza Centre
Research Institute of Influenza
Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
Dr. Thorsten Wolff
WHO National Influenza Center
Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses
Robert Koch Institute
Berlin, Germany
Dr. Yu Lan
WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza
Chinese National Influenza Center 
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
Former Members of the Database Technical Group