Belgian, MSc, PhD – Valérie (1972) graduated as doctor in veterinary medicine in 1999. She holds a Masters degree in tropical animal production and health (2001) and a PhD on the epidemiology of zoonotic parasites (2013). Much of her experience is in the veterinary field in private and public sectors and she has gained expertise on biostatistics and epidemiology. Between 2005 and 2012, she was working as a research officer for the Department of Agriculture of Ireland, where her responsibilities included the preparation of contingency plans for disease outbreaks, the participation in European Commission meetings, and the technical and quality management of the laboratory service. In 2012-2013, she was employed by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Belgium) to work on the preparation of a web-based course on epidemiology in the One-Health framework; this course is targeting the next medical and veterinary scientific generation in the Sahel and the Maghreb. Since 2013, she joined Avia-GIS, where she contributes to a wide range of projects, which include the design of technological prototypes that lead to state-of-the-art disease surveillance decision support systems within the Health Information Systems Business Unit and to tailor e-learning courses for scientists in the veterinary field.