The initiators of the One Health Platform are Prof. Ab Osterhaus (chair), Prof. John MacKenzie (vice-chair) and Mrs. Chris Vanlangendonck (daily management and communication). Together, they form the organization’s management board.
Ab Osterhaus is one of the world’s leading virologists. His interest in the One Health concept culminated in his current position as the CEO of Artemis One Health Foundation and professor of wildlife virology and virus discovery at the Utrecht University. He is also the director of the newly established Center for Infection Medicine and Zoonoses Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. To foster cooperation in all aspects of one health, Ab Osterhaus has joined forces with professor John Mackenzie (Curtin University, Australia), who has an outstanding international reputation in the field of microbiology and its impacts on public health. Complementing the scientific knowledge of Ab Osterhaus and John MacKenzie is Chris Vanlangendonck’s expertise in the field of science communication, management strategies and organizational dynamics. She is the director of Semiotics, the Belgium-based agency that provides strategic communication advice to scientists, scientific organizations and academic institutions.