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Antoine Flahault was formerly a public health intern, doctor of medicine, doctor of biomathematics, professor of public health at Université Paris Descartes – public health practitioner at Hôtel Dieu de Paris; he was former head of the public health department at Tenon hospital, Paris. He headed the Sentinelles research team at Inserm-UPMC (UMR-S 707) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for electronic disease surveillance. He co-ordinated a research programme bringing together disease surveillance, preventive epidemiology and mathematical modelling. In collaboration with WHO, he developed the international flu monitoring system (FluNet). In 2006 he was responsible for setting up an interdisciplinary unit for research into Chikungunya and since 28 November 2007 he has been responsible for a research and monitoring unit into emerging diseases in the Guyana and Caribbean region. He was appointed director of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP, School of Public Health, which belongs to Sorbonne Paris Cité, a confederal French university) from 1 January 2008. He is member of the board of governors of Sorbonne Paris Cité since 2008, which won the Initiative d’Excellence in 2012 (i.e. national stimulus package given to the 8 top universities in France).

He has been elected as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) in 2010-2011. He has been designated as the president of the newly founded Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA, Brussels). He co-chairs the European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA, Brussels), along with Prof. Sir Andy Haines from the LSHTM. He has been elected as Correspondant Member at the French Academy of Medicine in December 2009.