Brian Perry, an international development scientist, a veterinary surgeon and veterinary epidemiologist holds academic positions of Honorary Professor at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK, and Visiting Professor of Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of Afrique One, a Wellcome Trust funded African Research Consortium for Ecosystem and Population Health and leads global, regional and national independent evaluations of public funding investments in agricultural development and health.
Brian lead the Epidemiology and Socioeconomics Programme at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), Nairobi from 1987, focussing initially on the epidemiology, dynamics, impact and control of the tick and tsetse-transmitted infections of African livestock. When ILRAD became the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in 1995, his research expanded to include other diseases, contexts and continents, with particular emphasis on how animal disease control can contribute to processes of poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth. In 2002 he led a landmark study for DFID to determine the priority animal health research needs for processes of poverty reduction, and has undertaken economic impact assessments of alternative policies for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) control in South East Asia, the Andean region of South America and southern Africa and he led the development of a Wellcome Trust funded roadmap of research needs to control FMD in endemic settings, launched in 2007 by FAO in Rome.
Brian left ILRI in 2007 since when he has undertaken studies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FAO, the World Bank and various bilateral and national donors in Kosovo, Montenegro, Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland and Oman, Asia and the Pacific and has provided advice to a variety of organisations, including FAO, ILRI, DFID, the World Bank, the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicine (GALVmed) and the CGIAR. Brian has published more than 250 scientific articles in refereed journals, books and proceedings as author and co-author. He was awarded the OBE in 2002, the CGIAR International Outstanding Scientist Award in 2004 and the British Veterinary Association’s Blackburn Award in 2012. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Animal Science (Doctor Honoris Causa) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.