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Hung Nguyen-Viet

Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program, International Livestock Research Institute

Dr. Hung Nguyen is the co-leader of Animal and Human Health Program (from May 2020) and regional representative for East and Southeast Asia at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) (since 2016). His current research focuses on the link between health and agriculture, food safety, and infectious and zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on the use of risk assessment for food safety management with an integrative approach (Ecohealth and One Health). He is the flagship leader of food safety of the CGIAR research program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health.

Prior to joining ILRI, he was a jointly appointed scientist between ILRI and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). He co-founded and led the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) at Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH), Vietnam (2009-2013) where he developed a regional research portfolio on agri- and environmental health and coordinated the Ecohealth Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI) in Southeast Asia. He worked for Swiss TPH and Sandec/Eawag, Switzerland (2007-2012) as a postdoctoral researcher in Microbiology, Health, and Environment within the Swiss National Center for Competences in Research North-South program (NCCR North-South). Hung Nguyen has + 15 years of experience working in developing countries, mainly in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos) and West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire). He holds a BSc in Biology (Vietnam) and a PhD in Life and Environmental Sciences (France).


  • –present
    Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program & Regional Representative for East and Southeast Asia, International Livestock Research Institute