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

editing Prof TamSiuLun JohnDr John Tam is currently the Visiting Professor at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also serves as the Director and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza, a position he held over 15 years ago as the founding chairman. Dr Tam had worked as Technical Officer of the Initiative for Vaccine Research at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland and was responsible for the global research and development of seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines as well as the focal point for influenza policy development under SAGE and the technical lead for the WHO Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines. He also served as Scientist at the Global Influenza Programme of WHO, Geneva and was responsible for the development and implementation of the WHO Public Health Research Agenda for Influenza including the coordination of influenza vaccine research and global seasonal influenza vaccine recommendations. John also worked in a leading role in the pharmaceutical industry on vaccine research and development. Prior to these, he was Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 15 years. Dr Tam received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto majoring in virology, microbiology and biochemistry, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Hong Kong on virology. John has been active in the field of medical virology and his interest included influenza and other viral respiratory tract infections, viral diarrhoeal diseases, viral hepatitis and virus-associated cancers. He had published over 180 peer-reviewed articles relating to his fields of interest. During the outbreak of avian influenza in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2003, John had served as advisor to the WHO, the Hong Kong government and other regional health authorities. He received the Bronze Bauhinia Star (B.B.S.) medal from the Government of Hong Kong SAR in 2004.

 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

ShelleyDelaVegaDr. Shelley de la Vega, MD, MSc, FPCGM, is a Professor of the Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine and founding Director of the Institute on Aging, and past Director of the Institute of Health Policy, University of the Philippines Manila - National Institutes of Health. She is the Vice President of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. She assists the Department of Health, DSWD, National Academy of Science and Technology and various NGOs as technical consultant.
Dr. Shelley is the first president of Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine, Philippine Medical Association and Philippine College of Physicians. She is the founding Director for The Center of Healthy Aging, and the former Chief of the Section of Geriatrics at The Medical City Ortigas. She pioneered the establishment of the first Geriatric Multidisciplinary Outpatient Clinic in the Philippines at the Philippine General Hospital.

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, Antibiotics, Vaccines, SARS, Avian/Pandemic Influenza and other 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 , Avian/ Pandemic Influenza - Clinical Management and Antivirals.