Meet our Ambassadors 597 – …

Reshma Silvester is a Post Doc at Bangor University, United Kingdom. Reshma is a Postdoctoral Research Officer under the UK Govt PATHSAFE program monitoring the contribution of hospital-derived waste-waters on the load of pathogens and AMR in North Wales waters based on waste-water surveillance. She is a microbiologist by profession and has been working in various aspects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for the past 12 years. Right from the beginning of her research career, AMR has always been her prime area of interest.

Zulqarnain Baqar is a PhD Student at the City university of Hong Kong, Hongkong. Zulqarnain did his masters in epidemiology focusing on AMR in food animals and environment. Now he is doing his PhD with emphasis on AMR in companion animals. AMR is a global threat and we have to fight against AMR together.

Sabitha Baby is a Microbiology researcher and teacher at Karuna Medical College in India. She has completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Nitte University , Mangaluru,India studying the virulence factors of uropathogenic Escherichia coli, under the supervision of Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnekar. She is intrigued at understanding the molecular mechanisms by which these bacterial pathogens, particularly the ESKAPE family—classified as priority pathogens according to the World Health Organization (WHO)—acquire resistance, and how they establish infections in animals and humans. We need to look forward to sustainable and viable options and alternatives in tackling AMR. Sabitha has been part of the Kerala AMR surveillance network.

Bertrand Sangwe is a Medical laboratory scientist/EQA program specialist at Oneworld Accuracy, Cameroon. Bertrand is a dedicated and highly skilled Medical Laboratory Technologist, who holds a Bachelor of Medical laboratory sciences, an MSc in medical microbiology and parasitology, and an MBA in Project Management. With a demonstrated history of accomplishment in external quality assessment. Bertrand has made valuable contributions to improving the quality of laboratory results across laboratories in more than 125 countries through external quality assessment programs. Bertrand’s ability to analyze and improve diagnostic networks can be observed in his various roles, such as being an Independent Consultant for the USAID IDDS Project and VillageReach, where he led comprehensive assessments and provided strategic recommendations for enhancing diagnostic networks. Bertrand’s commitment to quality management is showcased through his positions at the Centre Pasteur du Cameroon and the Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory Bamenda, where he ensured compliance with international standards and actively participated in both internal and external audits. Currently engaged in the pursuit of a PhD in Public Health, Bertrand is devoted to utilizing his technical and managerial expertise to make significant contributions towards the diagnosis and surveillance of diseases, as well as the fight against AMR.

Mohit Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Hindu College, University of Delhi, India. Mohit is working in the field of antibiotic resistance as Researcher and also teaching the graduate students at Hindu College, University of Delhi. Mohit has a good academic background and publications in reputed journals. He is willing to work with you to learn and spread the message of antibiotic resistance in the society to tackle this global problem.

Muhammad Ammar Azam is a last year DVM student at the PMAS Arid Agriculture university, NIH Islamabad and PRI in Pakistan. He is the deputy director of the VFP and works in the health sector for the Rotaract International organization. Muhammad is also the General secretary of the AHCS. He is currently enrolled in different AMR-related courses. Muhammad is a university ambassador for the YPDC and the Multiomics Scientific Academy and wrote a book chapter on AMR in a Zoonosis book. Muhammad is working in a CDC department on One health project at the NIH, Islamabad. He wants to explore different possible causes of the spread of AMR from animals to humans and make strategies to overcome this global problem.

Muhammad Nad E Ali is a 3rd year Student at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, UVAS Lahore in Pakistan. Being a veterinarian he understands the concept of Antimicrobial Resistance AMR and challenges faced by the world due to AMR. Muhammad is a member of International Veterinary Student Association, IVSA National Pakistan. Such international welfare organizations are helpful in educating people leading towards a world free from AMR.

Danial Fakhar is a Veterinary student at the University of Veterinary and Animal Science in Pakistan. His ultimate goal is to inform, educate, and outreach antimicrobial resistance. His passion and interest is in microbiology, virology, PCR techniques, Elisa, CFT, HAT, FAT etc. Disease control due to AMR and its consequences and the prevention of AMR is one of his goals.

Charity Wiafe Akenten is a microbiologist at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine in Ghana. Charity is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, project coordinator, and a microbiologist at the Kumasi center for collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine. Her interest in research includes antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. She is currently working the on the carriage of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBL) in E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in diarrhea children and domestic farm animals. As part of the surveillance system, she is also working on the characterization of Acinetobacter spp. isolated from the blood and urine of patients in rural Ghana.

Saugata Hazra is currently designated in the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering, IIT-Roorkee, India. Saugata has a group working on combating Antimicrobial Resistance. An alumnus from IIT-Kharagpur, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago, USA. After that, he gathered his postdoctoral experiences from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, and AECOM, New York, USA. His areas of research interest are Structural Biology, Protein Engineering, Structure-based drug development, Biophysical and biochemical studies, nano-particle synthesis and formulation, and computational dynamics of biological macromolecules. Without anti-microbials combating deadly pathogens we would be beyond our control leading to a situation called “diagnosis for death”. A major goal of his lab is to study enzymes that play a critical role in emergence of antimicrobial resistance. They are taking an interdisciplinary approach to understand the catalytic divergence of enzymes involving peptidoglycan synthesis, folate biosynthesis pathway, etc. towards the development of diagnostics and therapeutics utilizing our above-mentioned understandings.

Pooja Padmakumar is a PhD student at Bangor University, United Kingdom. Pooja is specializing in monitoring antifungal resistance in wastewater systems and developing surveillance strategies. Her research is centered around investigating host-fungal interactions and understanding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) mechanisms. Pooja holds a master’s degree in Molecular Medicine and is deeply passionate about researching antifungal therapeutics targeting multidrug-resistant fungi.

Bilal Ur Rehman is a research trainee at CSIR-IGIB in India. As a conscientious global citizen, he recognizes his duty to contribute to the well-being of nations, and his foremost priority is addressing the escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide. In his role as a dedicated researcher, he is committed to providing valuable insights into this looming pandemic. His focus is on understanding the complexities of AMR, exploring innovative solutions, and advocating for responsible antibiotic use. Through collaborative efforts and a multidisciplinary approach, he aims to make a meaningful impact in the ongoing global battle against AMR, emphasizing the importance of research, education, and policy changes in safeguarding public health.

Akobundu Stanley is an Activist/Program Officer at Go Clean Initiative Calabar Nigeria as well as an Antimicrobial Steward at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Akobundu is an undergraduate student at the pick of graduation from the department of Microbiology, Faculty of biological sciences university of Calabar.My passion for Antimicrobial Resistance has drawn him to advocacy through volunteerism with different organizations such a GoCleanInitiativeCalabarNigeria. Akobundu is passionate about advocating Antimicrobial Resistance and he will be glad to create more awareness in several means which includes research.

Omera Naseer is a Senior scientist working in the National AMR &IPC Program at the National Institute of Health, Pakistan. Omera is a medical doctor with FCPS (Community Medicine), M.Sc. Community Health and Nutrition and a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition.She has more than 14 years of working experience in Public and Private sector at Primary and Tertiary Health care levels in Pakistan as well as in National Research an academic institutes. Since the last four years she is working at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Pakistan in different capacities. Currently she is working as the Senior scientist in the National AMR&IPC program at NIH. Her core responsibilities include coordination for implementation of activities of National Action Plan (NAP-AMR), assessment of laboratory capacity on AMR, development of capacity strengthening plans in consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop and implement AMR surveillance and strategic plans, and to maintain close liaison among partners i.e. Ministry of Health, Food Security, International donors (WHO, CDC, UKHSA) & align our work plan with them.

Arielle Loriane Kemgne Mobou is a medical doctor at the Youth Association for the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance/Association des jeunes pour la lutte contre la résistance antimicrobienne in Benin. Arielle is a Cameroonian living and working in Benin as a medical doctor. She is passionate about antimicrobial resistance and trying to better understand this phenomenon to make her contribution to this fight. To this end, Arielle has taken part on several occasions in training courses on antimicrobial resistance and in awareness-raising events. She was selected to become a young leader in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. After a training of four months the young leaders are now setting up high-impact projects in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Mencha Tembong is a Lab technician at YES HEALTH in Cameroon. Driven by a passion for public health and fighting antimicrobial resistance, Mencha brings his unwavering commitment to the AMR Insights Ambassador Network. As a sociodigital mobiliser and community development volunteer, he has successfully reached thousands of people with health awareness campaigns, including vaccination drives and AMR education initiatives. At YES HEALTH he manages social media content on female sexual and reproductive health. Currently, he leverages his expertise as a laboratory technician and BMLS student at the University of Saint Louise to advocate for AMR stewardship within SAS Africa. Joining the AMR Insights Network allows him to combine his skills, passion, and network to make a meaningful contribution to the global fight against AMR. He is eager to collaborate with fellow ambassadors and amplify the network’s impact.

Naeem Ahammed Ibrahim Fahim is a student at the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. Naeem completed his undergraduate in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine successfully. He is now doing his masters in Microbiology under the Department of Microbiology and Hygiene at Bangladesh Agricultural University where he is working as a research assistant in MTR_LAB microbiology. His research focuses on Antibiotic resistance to different bacteria. He is now working with determining and monitoring of antibiotic resistance profile of E.coli, salmonella spp, and Enterococcus spp.

Fabian  Achangwi is a Student at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dschang, Cameroon. Fabian is a Master’s Student and an AMR fighter in his region. He has gone as far as creating an AMR defense group in his Faculty. He has been involved in several campaigns and workshops based on proper use of antibiotics. His current study is on study of genes of resistance in people exploiting hospital exposed waste. His fight against AMR is in line with human environmental interaction through the one health approach. He is determined in fighting Antimicrobial Resistance with he’s got and to reduce it prevalence in next few years.

Senjuti Banerjee is a Research Scientist in India. She is open to new roles in the R&D industry. Previously she worked at Ararogya AI Pvt and at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Senjuti has over seven years of training in biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. She earned her doctoral degree from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), University of Calcutta, India, and is a postdoctoral alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, USA. Senjuti is experienced in innovative projects involving intersection of biology & machine learning, including genomics-based precision diagnosis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). As an early-career professional, she is deeply committed to advancing gender equity in STEM and frequently collaborates with organizations dedicated to the professional development of emerging STEM professionals. Armed with the expertise to appreciate the complex science underlying emergence of AMR and experience of contributing towards building innovative tools for timely detection & surveillance of AMR, Senjuti is poised to make meaningful strides as an ambassador of AMR Insights.

Akihiro Koech is a Biochemist at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kenya. Akihiro is a fourth-year biochemistry student, delved into the fascinating realm of bacteriophages during an enriching internship at the Kenya Institute of Primate Research. His passion for addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and advocating against antibiotic misuse unfolded as he actively engaged in social media and contributed to WAAW 2023. Akihiro’s research endeavors now center around combating multi-drug resistant bacteria, particularly the WHO-classified ESKAPEE pathogens. Venturing beyond conventional methods, he diligently isolates therapeutic phages from sewage samples, striving to raise awareness about AMR within his community. Akihiro’s mission goes beyond academia, aiming to safeguard the collective well-being from the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Muhammad Asif Khan is a PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Oita in Japan. Originally from Pakistan, Muhammad is focusing on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Helicobacter pylori. As an AMR Insights Ambassador, he is dedicated to combating antibiotic resistance in gastric patients, aiming to eradicate H. pylori infections. His work addresses a major health concern and contributes to global efforts against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Asif analyzes resistance patterns and develops innovative treatments, significantly impacting gastroenterology and public health. His commitment bridges research and healthcare, especially in developing countries, underscoring young scientists’ role in fighting antibiotic resistance.

Obed Kwabena Offe Amponsah is a Researcher, Antimicrobial Stewardship Implementation Co-lead at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Obed is a pharmacist by training whose PhD study focused on antimicrobial stewardship implementation in hospitals in Ghana. He currently co-leads the implementation of Antimicrobial stewardship at the University Hospital of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is passionate about the impact of stewardship with infection prevention and control to mitigate the problem of antimicrobial resistance in low-resource settings. He has consulted on the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship in various hospitals in Ghana, in addition to serving as a subject matter expert in stewardship implementation in the Project Echo TEACH AMS project of the Ministry of Health in Ghana and the University of New Mexico

Franck Cresmy Touala Botchak is a Student at the School of science and veterinary medecine of the University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon. As a veterinary student he is very passionate about the ONE HEALTH approach and antimicrobial resistance which is today a problem in society. He has been working for two years as an active member of the One Health university club and participates in scientific competitions and online trainings on antimicrobial resistance.

Fath e din Hameed is a Veterinary Student at the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences – UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan. He has a strong passion for veterinary medicine, is actively involved in various veterinary societies, and dedicated to expanding his knowledge and contributing to the field. As a part-time tutor for metric and intermediate students, he recognizes the importance of education in promoting responsible practices. His focus is on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), and he is eager to delve into insights surrounding this global challenge. His aim is to leverage his academic background, practical experiences, and teaching role to actively participate in initiatives addressing AMR while fostering collaborations with like-minded individuals. He wants to work together towards a sustainable future in veterinary medicine.

Roshan Priyantha Madalagama Appuhamilage is a Principal Scientist at the Veterinary Research Institute in Sri Lanka. Roshan is a Researcher in AMR in the Animal health field in Sri Lanka. He is involved in policy development on AMR and other health related issues in the country. As a principal scientist, he heads the veterinary bacteriology at the Veterinary Research Institute. Roshan is also a researcher in the national repository for Animal Health in Sri Lanka. He has contributed to the development of the National Strategic Action Plan on AMR for Sri Lanka.

Essossinam Bamazi is a Biological Engineer working at the clinical laboratory of the public hospital CHR Lomé-Commune in Togo. She is interested in AMR and infectious diseases. Essossinam wants to learn more about AMR and One Health. She wants to contribute to reduce AMR and to connect with other professionals.

Jamal Mahmood is a Veterinary student at UVAS Lahore in Pakistan. He is passionate about addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Drawing inspiration from dedicated individuals like ambassadors at AMR Insights. He is committed to driving positive change in global health. Eager to contribute, he seeks to raise awareness on responsible antibiotic use and promote collaboration among professionals. Excited about the opportunity to be an ambassador for AMR Insights, he aims to contribute to a healthier future.

Mohamed Baba Oumarou is a veterinary student at the School of Science and Veterinary Medicine, University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. Of Cameroonian origin, Mohamed is a veterinary medicine student in his third year. He is passionate about global public health, animal health, the ONE HEALTH approach and AMR issues. Antimicrobial resistance is a major area of interest for me. These different directions are his main areas of interest. Mohamed is also very interested in epidemiology in general and public health crisis management. His other interests revolve around humanitarian issues, climate change and peace-building policies around the world.

Sami Ullah Mumtaz is an Assistant Professor Medicine at King Edward Medical University, Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan. Sami is a graduate of King Edward Medical University Lahore Pakistan. He did a Fellowship in Medicine from college of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. Sami is a member of Royal college of physicians and surgeons Glasgow. He also completed his diploma in Diabetes from UK. Sami is Secretary coordination Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine (PSIM). He has been awarded best House Physician & Best Resident awards and currently is working as Assistant Professor of Medicine from 2018. Sami has been involved in the management of Dengue fever & COVID19 patients and is the focal person of the unit. Sami has been the active participant of community welfare especially earthquake relief operations. Sami has a keen interest in research and is committed to work for antimicrobial resistance.

Jehan Zeb Khan is a Lead Clinical Pharmacist at the Medical Teaching Institute-Hayatabad Medical Complex in Pakistan. Jehann is a PhD in Clinical Pharmacy with specific interests in optimal antimicrobial therapy, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, and educating healthcare professionals in understanding the impact and magnitude of antimicrobial resistance in clinical practice. Furthermore, Jehan is working on policy matters in curbing AMR at national, regional and global level.

Dreck Ayebare is an AMR Research fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute, Uganda. Dreck is a research fellow under the CGIAR AMR Hub hosted by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He coordinates AMR research and development activities in Uganda. Dreck has been involved in numerous studies investigating antimicrobial resistance and use in livestock systems, humans and the environment using a One health approach. He is passionate about designing sustainable interventions for AMR prevention and control in LMICs.

Raman Muthusamy is a Research Professor of Microbiology, Center for Global Health Research , Saveetha Medical College & Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, India. Raman is one of the leading One health & AMR expert in South India serving at the Center for Global Health Research, Saveetha Medical College, SIMATS, Chennai working on Antimicrobial Stewardship programs as well on AMR in Human-Animal-Environment Interface. He is organizing programs on Anti-microbial Awareness, Food safety for stakeholders. As part of the UKRI GCRF One Health hub and a NIH-NIAID TMRC grant as One health Consultant, he has vast research experience on transmission dynamics of food borne pathogens in commercial poultry and zoonotic helminths in communities in Southern & Northeast India. Raman, a veterinarian trained at the Madras Veterinary College, part of SE Asia first vet university-TANUVAS ( has translational research expertise on vet diagnostics and vaccine development leading to 23 prototypes and commercializing 4 technologies. He has 190 peer reviewed publications, 2 patents, 15 books and has networks with researchers from Global South and North.

Somia Iqtadar is Associate Professor Medicine / Sec General Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine at the King Edward medical University / Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine, Pakistan. Somia is a committed clinician, academician, researcher and a dedicated professional in the field of internal medicine. As a practicing clinician, she frequently encounters complicated difficult-to-treat cases of patients infected with resistant strains of microorganisms. Somia wanted to explore more advanced and up to date approaches in tackling widespread antibiotic resistance, so did a few training courses on Rationale use of Medicine by Health care professionals in South and South East Asian countries offered by Kunming University China. Somia was awarded a Charles Wallace Fellowship with attachment at INEOS Oxford institute of AMR research at Oxford University UK under supervision of Prof. Christopher J. Schofield and prof Timothy Walsh in the year 2023.This opportunity facilitated her to establish professional networking with her international peers and also widened her professional skills. Somia has delivered multiple talks on national and international fora on AMR and public awareness sessions on print electronic and social media.

SIta Ratna Devi Duddi is the Director at the Patient Academy for Innovation and Research, India. Slta is the CEO and Co-founder of DakshamA Health and Education, Director Patient Academy for Innovation and Research. She leads a cross disease Patient Alliance in India called Indian Alliance of Patient Groups (IAPG) and is the Chair ISPOR Patient Council, Immediate past Chair of Board, IAPO (International Alliance of Patient Organisations, Board member HIA (Healthy India Alliance – the National NCD Alliance in India) and APARDO (Asia Pacific Alliance of Rare Disease Organisations). She holds an MBBS degree from Sambalpur University and a dual MBA from SYMBIOSIS and Manipal Institute of Distance Education. Her work spans across policy initiatives for NCDs, Rare diseases and Patient safety, focusing on changing the way healthcare is perceived and delivered in the region and globally, bringing in best practices and patient perspectives for designing, implementing and measuring health outcomes.

Muhammad Imran Khan is a Researcher and Veterinarian in Pakistan. As a Veterinary professional Muhammad has more then ten years of experience as field veterinarian. Switching over to academia again, he is working on generating a baseline line data about transmission and spread of AMR from food animals. He is pretty sure this will help designing policies for mitigating AMR by ensuring beneficial use of antibiotics.

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