Anna is a doctor of veterinary medicine with an international background involving clinical and epidemiological research, veterinary administration and multilateral organizations.
She graduated as a veterinarian at TiHo Hannover, Germany. Her postgraduate education includes a doctoral thesis in clinical veterinary parasitology at University of Zurich and a residency programme with the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) while working as a research fellow and junior lecturer at the Veterinary Public Health Institute in Bern. Her research and consultancy activities involved her in the work of veterinary authorities in Switzerland as well as international projects, strengthening her risk assessment and surveillance skills in the animal population and food safety sectors and consolidating thinking from a “One Health” perspective interlinking human and animal health and the environment.
Before joining SAFOSO in early 2018, Anna worked 5 years with the World Health Organization (WHO). At the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, her focus was on documenting impact of European health policy through evidence in data and indicators. At the Department of control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, she contributed to developing intervention guidance and policy options, building capacity and collecting and analysing data for endemic zoonotic diseases.
Her passion for working in international environments has led her to work in countries as diverse as Argentina, Denmark, France, Madagascar, Mali, Nagaland/India, Spain, and Vietnam, and to collaborate with many more. Anna holds the diploma of an official veterinarian, Switzerland. She is fluent in English, French, and German.