Alpha Amadou Sall is a virologist and has a PhD in Public health. He is currently the head of the Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever unit, director of the WHO collaborating center and scientific Director of Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD). His research focuses primarily on diagnostics, ecology and evolution of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. He has published more than 100 papers, chapters, a book on viral diagnostics and gave more than 200 scientific communications in international meetings. Dr Sall is a consultant and member of several expert committees for WHO, OIE and vice chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network steering committee. He is a member of the Senegal National Academy of Science and Technology and has been recipient of the Senegal Presidential Award for Science in 2011 and the UNESCO Prize for Research in Life science in 2015.