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Center for Health Security announces fellows accepted to Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Class of 2024

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December 18, 2023 – The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has accepted 30 professionals and scholars into its Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) fellowship program for 2024. The 2024 class was selected from about 350 applicants, the largest pool in the program’s history.

Entering its eleventh year, the highly competitive part-time ELBI fellowship program inspires rising biosecurity leaders and connects them with a community of more than 300 alumni from disciplines across government, private industry, and academia.

The 2024 ELBI Fellows are:

  • Adejare (Jay) Atanda, Department of Homeland Security, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
  • Kyla Britson, HHS/ASPR/BARDA
  • Audrey Cerles, Gryphon Scientific
  • Samuel Curtis, The Future Society
  • Barbara Del Castello, RAND Corporation
  • Christopher East, The Council on Strategic Risks
  • Francesco Gaetano Fazzi, KPMG
  • Kevin Flyangolts, Aclid
  • Lauren Formica, Deloitte
  • Anemone Franz, 80,000 Hours
  • Charlotte Hammer, University of Cambridge
  • Seth Judson, Johns Hopkins University
  • Abraar Karan, Stanford University, Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine
  • Karishma Krishna Kurup, Chatham House
  • Nang Thu Thu Kyaw, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (assignee to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • Chris Li, Harvard University
  • Louison Mazeaud, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
  • Zeena Nisar, National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology
  • Kikiope Oluwarore, World Health Organization
  • Paul Opheim, Department of the Air Force
  • Cristian Ovadiuc, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Bernard Owusu Agyare, Center for Global Health Science and Security (CGHSS) - Georgetown University
  • Andreas Prenner, European Commission
  • Claire Qureshi, Helena / Effective Giving
  • Daniel Rice, SecureBio / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Rosenblum, American University Washington College of Law
  • Philippe Sessou, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic
  • Alex Tasker, University of Bristol
  • Iris Vennis, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands
  • Nicole Wheeler, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham


About the ELBI program:
The fellowship program is managed by Amanda K. Mui, Ben Wakefield, Crystal Watson, Hannah Ottman-Feeney, , Andrea Lapp, and Rachael Brown, with support from Open Philanthropy and Effective Giving.

About the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people from epidemics and disasters and build resilient communities through innovative scholarship, engagement, and research. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.