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Principal Associate/Senior Global Health Security Advisor, International Development

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, a nationally recognized authority on global threats from infectious disease, is Abt Associates’ senior global health security advisor. In this role he works with colleagues at Abt to address questions related to health governance, global health security, and lessons learned to share with other programs.

Macgregor-Skinner has more than 20 years of technical experience in infectious disease surveillance and response. He has worked on these issues with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle Eas, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and has appeared on CNN, BBC, CTV, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise in global health threats.

Prior to joining Abt, Macgregor-Skinner served as director of global disaster response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. He was the team leader to Nigeria and Liberia for Ebola outbreak response activities while serving as global projects manager for the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, and he worked in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program as a consultant to CRDF Global and Landell Mills.

After serving in the Australian and British militaries, he was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for its Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a global health fellow at USAID.


  • Infectious disease outbreaks and responses
  • Strategic planning and analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement and outreach
  • Capacity building and organizational change management
  • Program management, monitoring and evaluation