2018 Competition Super Judges 

Wilmot James – Visiting Professor of Pediatrics (non-clinical) and International Affairs at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the Working Group on Global Health Security and Diplomacy

Wilmot James is visiting professor of pediatrics (non-clinical) and international affairs at Columbia University and is Special Advisor to the Working Group on Global Health Security and Diplomacy. Between 2009 and 2017 he served as a Member of Parliament (South Africa) in the portfolios of education, trade, science and most recently health. Trained as a sociologist and historian, he is the author of 3 and editor/co-editor of 14 books that include the presidential speeches of Nelson Mandela titled Nelson Mandela: In his own words (Johannesburg, London and Boston: 2003). He served as a Trustee of the Ford Foundation between 1996 and 2008.


Dr. Lei Zhou – Deputy Chief of Branch for Emerging Infectious Disease, Public Health Emergency Center, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Lei Zhou, M.D. has served as Deputy Chief of Branch for Emerging Infectious Disease in the Public Health Emergency Center at the China CDC since 2006, where she is responsible for emerging infectious disease control and prevention, capacity building, and pandemic preparedness in China. She has held several roles at the China CDC since 2005, including Team Leader of Pandemic Preparedness and Responses as well as Team Leader of the Ebola technical team. Dr. Zhou previously served as a Guest Researcher in Influenza Division of the United States CDC, headquartered in Atlanta Georgia. Her research interests include — emerging and re-emerging infectious disease and pandemic preparedness and response; strategy and decision-making modeling methodology; public health strategy and policy development and epidemiology methodology. Dr. Zhou has received numerous grants and awards for her research and publications. She received her education from various institutions including Peking University and Duke University. Dr. Zhou has received training certifications from the Ministry of Health in China, the World Health Organization and the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner – Senior Global Health Security Advisor, International Health, Abt Associates

Dr.Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is a nationally-recognized authority on global threats from infectious disease. He currently serves as Abt Associates’ senior global health security advisor. He has more than 20 years of technical experience in infectious disease surveillance and response. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has worked on these issues with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and has appeared on CNN, BBC, CTV, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise in global health threats. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner served as director of global disaster response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. He was the team leader to Nigeria and Liberia for Ebola outbreak response activities while serving as global projects manager for Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, and he worked in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program as a consultant to CRDF Global and Landell Mills. After serving in the Australian and British militaries, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for the Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a Global Health Fellow at USAID. He received his MPHA from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health, Emerging Infections, and Zoonotic Diseases from the Royal Veterinary College in London.