Abrar is a medical epidemiologist, having more than 20 years’ experience in the health sector with governmental, non-governmental and international health organizations. He has substantial experience of public health programs and infectious diseases research, having worked in the World Health Organization (WHO) for many years. Currently he is working as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Population Health, University of New South Wales Australia. He is also the director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) Program at School. His research interests include epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, focusing on emerging and re-emerging infections. He has published more than 140 journal papers, one book chapter, three government reports and 12 conference papers/abstracts during the last 10 years. Abrar provided leadership during COVID-19, through publications, media interactions and a committee membership. During 2021, he has been on secondment to NSW Health COVID-19 Emergency Operation Center.