Dr. Saber Yezli  
Dr Saber Yezli is the Head of Research at the Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, a WHO collaborating center for Mass Gatherings Medicine. He obtained his first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics in 2003 and his PhD in molecular biology in 2008 from Cardiff University, UK. A pioneer in the emerging field of mass gatherings health, Dr Yezli started his career in the area of hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance to later expand to infectious disease and public health, with particular interest in mass gatherings and mass gatherings health. In recent years, Dr Yezli led numerous multi-center/multi-national research projects in mass gatherings health, especially in relation to Hajj, to ensure evidence-based approach for policymaking and delivering quality health services at these events. Dr Yezli is affiliated with several professional organizations including the UK Infection Prevention Society (IPS), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR) and the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM). He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Infection Prevention, the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health and the Journal of Travel Medicine. Dr Yezli is an author/co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters, abstracts and invited oral presentations.