Viruses pose the “single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on this planet”, said Nobel Prize winner Joshua Lederberg. And perhaps not just for health reasons. From the Coronavirus to the Ebola outbreak, when a virus spreads, mistrust and misinformation spread too. Join Guardian Australia’s Ben Doherty in conversation with a panel of experts as they discuss the harmful myths, politics and processes behind battling a pandemic. Featuring global health security expert Adam Kamradt-Scott (University of Sydney); Sue-Lin Wong, Financial Times’ South China correspondent who has been reporting on the ground; and Robin Davies, Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.
Sue-Lin Wong (Australian)
Sue-Lin Wong is the Financial Times’ South China correspondent. She covers politics, society, technology and trade in mainland southern China, Hong Kong and Macau. She was previously a correspondent with Reuters where she covered North Korea and the Chinese economy. She opened both the Financial Times’ and Reuters’ bureaus in Shenzhen, a Chinese tech hub that borders Hong Kong. Born and raised in Sydney, Sue-Lin graduated with degrees in Asian studies and law from the Australian National University.
Adam Kamradt-Scott (Australian)
Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott specialises in global health security and international relations. His research and teaching explores how governments and multilateral organisations respond to adverse health events such as epidemics, pandemics, and emerging health and security challenges. He has published three books and more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Adam’s most recent research examines the role of militaries in health emergencies, trade and travel sanctions during health crises, and the correlations between gender, sexuality, health and security.
Robin Davies (Australian)
Robin Davies was appointed Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security in October 2017. He was previously associate director of the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University and is currently an Honorary Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Robin worked at the former Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for almost twenty years, both in Australia and overseas, including 10 years as a member of its senior executive service.
Ben Doherty (Australian)
Ben Doherty is a foreign affairs correspondent for The Guardian, and has spent a decade reporting across the Asia-Pacific, including postings in South-East Asia and South Asia. A three-time winner of a Walkey Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, he has also won three United Nations Association Media Peace Prizes. He holds master's degrees in international law and international relations from the University of Oxford and from UNSW. He is the author of a novel, Nagaland, a love story for modern India.