APACI Executive Councillors are highly regarded influenza and infectious disease experts from across the Asia-Pacific region.


Dr Siu Lun (John) Tam (Director and Chairman) – Hong Kong

john tam vsmallDr Tam has worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Initiative for Vaccine Research and Global Influenza Programme. Before joining WHO, Dr Tam was employed in the private sector for several years dealing with research and development, and clinical assessment of vaccines including influenza and was also a professor of virology in the department of microbiology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. During the outbreak of avian influenza in Hong Kong in 1997, and the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2003, Dr Tam served as advisor to the WHO, the Hong Kong government, and other regional health authorities on disease control, diagnosis, and research. He was also the founding Chair of APACI. Dr Tam has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. He received the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) medal in 2004, awarded by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, for his “long and outstanding contribution to the medical services sector, particularly during the outbreak of SARS”.

 Dr Lance Jennings (Director) – New Zealand

Lance Jennings is Clinical Virologist to the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) National Measles Laboratory, Clinical Associate Professor in the Pathology Department, University of Otago, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London, and a Founding Fellow of the Science Faculty, Royal Australasian College of Pathologists. He serves on several Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Committees, and is on the editorial board of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Disease (ISIRV) journal Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses. Dr Jennings has also been a member of WHO/Western Pacific Region Office (WPRO) Avian Influenza Outbreak Response (2004) and Expert Influenza (2005) teams in Asia.

Clinical Professor David Smith (Director) – Australia

David Smith is a Clinical Virologist at PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Director of PathWest services at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia. His other roles include Director of the National Influenza Centre at PathWest and Chair of the Public Health Laboratory Network of Australia, as well as being a member of a number of professional and expert advisory committees.

Professor Paul Chan – Hong Kong SAR, China

Paul Kay-Sheung Chan is a Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. He is a member of several professional organisations involved in policymaking, grant assessment, education and research related to clinical virology and emerging infections.

Professor Cissy Kartasasmita – Indonesia

Cissy Kartasasmita is Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. She participated in the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s Health Technology Assessment on Influenza in Adults and Children in 2003 and is a member of the Immunization Working Group of the Indonesian Society of Pediatricians.

Dr (Professor) Anil Prasad - India

Anil is the Chairman of the Influenza Foundation of India. He is also President of the Indian Virological Society, President of the Biotechnology Society of India, and Member Secretary of the Dhanvantri Independent Ethics Committee.
He was formerly the University Professor & Head of Department of Respiratory Virology, at the V.Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, Medical Microbiology, Delhi University, President of the Indian College of Allergy & Applied Immunology, and Editor of the Indian J. of Allergy & Applied Immunology.

Dr Shelley de la Vega – Philippines

Dr. Shelley de la Vega is an Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Development Studies, University of the Philippines Manila- National Institutes of Health. She is the President of the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine and the former Chief of the Section of Geriatrics, and former Director for The Center for Healthy Aging, The Medical City, Ortigas. Dr. de la Vega is a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, and has published local and international journals articles, book chapters, monographs, as well as policy statements on Geriatric Healthcare Services, Financing and Education. She assists the Department of Health, DSWD, National Academy of Science and Technology and various NGOs as technical consultant. She is the Chairperson of the Committee on Aging and Degenerative Diseases (COMADD), National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines, Manila and a member of the National Advisory Council on Active Aging (NAST).

Professor Woo-Joo Kim – Korea

Dr. Woo-Joo Kim is Professor of the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Internal Medicine, at Korea University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He is also Chair of the Trans-governmental Enterprise for Pandemic Influenza in Korea (TEPIK), which sponsors and supports national influenza research and development projects. Additionally, he is the Vice-President of the Korean Society of Infectious Disease and Korean Society of Zoonoses. He serves as a member of several national and professional organizations, including the Committee on Influenza Prevention at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Central Drug Review Board at the Korea Food and Drug Administration, the National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning Committee, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Dr Luzhao Feng - China

Luzhao Feng, MD, PhD, is Chief of Branch of Respiratory Infectious Diseases within Division for Infectious Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, China. He is also a member of both the WHO Informal Mathematical Modeling Collaborative Network on Pandemic 2009 Influenza A(H1N1), and the WHO Epidemiological working group for A(H1N1).
His research interests include the epidemiology, disease burden, transmission dynamics, and surveillance of infectious diseases such as seasonal and avian influenza, pneumococcal and Hib diseases. His research on vaccines for these diseases, including their efficacy, effectiveness, and cost effectiveness, aims to help develop immunization services and evidence-based vaccination recommendations and policy.

Dr Tawee Chotpitayasunondh - Thailand

Tawee Chotpiayasunondh is presently an Associate Professor (Honor) from Department of Tropical Pediatrics, Faculty of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Mahidol University, Bangkok. He has been a Pediatric infectious diseases specialist for 35 years, working on TB, HIV/AIDS, Antibiotic, Vaccines, SARS, Avian/Pandemic Influenza and others infectious diseases, and is chief of the working group on clinical management and care for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of Thailand at the Ministry of Public Health (since 2003).
He is also the WHO Temporary Consultant on Pediatric HIV/AIDS, Antivirals , Avain/ Pandemic Influenza - Clinical Management and Antivirals.