Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM
Founder & Director of Operations
Dr. Adams has over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa. She has worked with a variety of domestic and wild animals, and has a particular interest in endangered species conservation and studying disease at the human/domestic animal/wildlife interface. She is a veterinarian, with a PhD in epidemiology and virology. Her PhD research focused on the molecular epidemiology and diagnosis of lentiviruses of free-ranging lions in southern Africa. She is a board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. Dr. Adams teaches conservation medicine and related courses, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her first book, Conscious Conservation, is now available in bookstores.
Innocent Rwego, BVM, MS, PhD
Assistant Director of Veterinary Operations
Dr. Innocent Rwego is an Assistant Professor at the Ecosystem Health Division, College of Veterinary Medicine and Adjunct Instructor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, USA. He is also Strategy and Partnerships Lead for Africa on a USAID One Health Workforce Project. On the USAID Project, he works closely with One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) project based at Makerere University. Previously, he worked as a Senior Technical Officer for Africa on Emerging Pandemic Threats Program – One Health Workforce Project funded by USAID Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). He supports 8 OHCEA member countries in Africa of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal and Rwanda composed of nearly 22 institutions of public health and veterinary medicine. He has also more than 8 years of programmatic and technical management of development projects. He has become familiar with many players involved in the landscape of One Health and Ecohealth in several countries, working with government sectors such as ministries of health, livestock, environment and the office of the prime minister. His work with academic and government institutions is mainly on development projects to promote capacity building in infectious disease prevention, detection and response around the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). He has been working with communities in western Uganda for more than 15 years. His work has primarily focused on disease transmission dynamics between humans, domestic animals and wildlife–also known as the interface. He currently serves as the principal investigator for an ecohealth project focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
Dr. John Kioko was raised in Mbooni Hills (“Buffalo” Hills) in eastern Kenya. He holds a doctorate in Environmental studies from Moi University in Kenya and a Masters in Protected area Management from Greenwich University (UK). John devoted much of his early career years in Kenya doing research and work on elephants. He is credited to initiating various elephant conservation initiatives in southern Kenya. In 2010, he left Amboseli Elephant Research Project and joined the School for Field Studies in Tanzania. Where he now teaches and conducts research on wildlife, and has widely published in the area on w Kioko is as well involved in youth empowerments programs through a local NGO, CEF-Kenya. His broad knowledge of wildlife conservation and research in Africa will be a vital asset to SHF
Dr. Jana A. Pretorius, BVSc, MMedVet (Wildlife), Grad. Dipl. For. Sc) Specialist Wildlife Veterinarian
Dr. Pretorius qualified as a veterinarian in 1998 from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria. Her work includes mass capture and individual capture as well as translocation of all wildlife species across South Africa including lion, tiger, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, roan, sable, klipspringer and all other antelope species, including airlifting species in difficult terrain. She was the first registered and practicing female veterinary wildlife specialist in South Africa, obtaining her MMedVet (Wildlife) degree in 2007. She also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science from the University of Canberra in 2013. As her passion for rhinos became known through the industry, it was a natural progression for her to become deeply involved with issues related to rhino conservation. She is often involved with governmental and non-governmental organisations in an advisory capacity regarding this crisis.
Melissa Kennedy, DVM, PhD, DACVM
Dr. Melissa Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM in 1983, and went on to complete a PhD in 1991 in Comparative and Experimental Medicine, where her research focused on bovine viral diarrhea virus. She completed residency training in microbiology in 1992. She currently runs the clinical virology laboratory at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and teaches virology, immunology, and infectious diseases to veterinary students. She is a Board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, with subspecialty certification in Virology, Immunology, and Bacteriology/Mycology. She has conducted research on a number of carnivore diseases in Africa, including coronavirus in free-ranging cheetahs, and lentiviruses of African lions (along with Dr. Adams). Her current focus is on viral and tick-borne agents in domestic animals and wildlife of sub-Saharan Africa. She is the author to 40 publications, editor of two textbooks, and has authored several book chapters on microbiology and immunology.