SEBI Team Meeting

About us

Our expertise and links with the global livestock community are crucial for success.

The team

SEBI-Livestock is uniquely positioned to close the livestock data gap, with expertise in veterinary science, data science and communications, as well as through our engagement with the global community of livestock data producers and users. 

Prof Andy Peters

Prof Andy Peters

Program director
As Program Director, Prof Peters provides overall direction and leadership for SEBI-Livestock. He is Professor of Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. His areas of interest include veterinary vaccine development, reproductive endocrinology and immunology and production medicines. Prof Peters was previously Professor of Animal Health and Production at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He has also worked in the private sector, as Head of European Vaccine R&D with Pfizer Animal Health. He is a veterinarian with PhD and DSc degrees in animal science. He has published some 160 scientific papers and two books on Vaccines for Veterinary Applications and Reproduction in Cattle respectively.
Dr. Karen Smyth

Dr. Karen Smyth

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Karen is responsible for providing project oversight and is responsible for operational and scientific management of the SEBI-Livestock programme. She also leads the Livestock Data for Decision (LD4D) Community of Practice. Karen brings over 15 years of senior-level scientific research coordination and management experience to this role, including as Acting Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) in Stockholm, Sweden. Karen has worked primarily in the agricultural and environmental sector and has a PhD in Social Policy.

Dr. Louise Donnison

Dr. Louise Donnison

Senior Data Scientist

As Senior Data Scientist, Louise leads the delivery of the data component of the SEBI-Livestock project. She is committed to delivering data solutions focused on stakeholder needs. Louise previously worked in the IT industry for over 10 years delivering complex projects in multiple sectors (finance, telecoms and government) and countries (mainly New Zealand, Canada and UK). She has also managed data for a salmon genomics project and critically appraised evidence for a water quality systematic map project. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Grassland Soil Ecology from the University of Aberystwyth, and a diploma in Business Analysis from the British Computer Society.

Isla MacVicar

Isla MacVicar

Researcher

Isla joined the SEBI-Livestock team as a University of Glasgow graduate in 2019, with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Bioscience and an MSc in Biomedical Sciences. Isla is currently involved in the development of the livestock evidence base. She has a keen interest in evidence synthesis methodologies, animal health and veterinary science, data analysis and gender dimensions in the livestock sector. While studying at Glasgow University, she was involved in an equine nutrition project and she also conducted research in the fields of neuroscience, prosthesis and engineering.

 

Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist

Vanessa leads communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI-Livestock as well as for the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice. She has a deep interest in sustainable development communications, particularly in the agricultural sector. She previously led communications for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) based at the University of Copenhagen, and was a Communications Officer at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Alap Mehta

Alap Mehta

Data Scientist

Alap is a Data Scientist at SEBI-Livestock. He initially joined the team while doing his Masters degree, developing a prototype process for data extraction using novel data science tools. Alap has keen interests in building algorithms and designing experiments to merge, manage, interrogate and extract data to supply insights to colleagues, customers or the wider organisation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and Masters degree in Data Science.

Antonia Robb

Antonia Robb

SEBI Administrator and PA for Prof Andy Peters

Antonia is responsible for leading SEBI-Livestock’s administrative and financial services. This includes the projects administrative function, co-ordinating the financial management of the project budget, organising international meetings and workshops and providing a personal assistant service to the Program Director, Professor Andy Peters. Antonia brings extensive experience in administration, having worked in administrative roles within Edinburgh University since 2006. She has previous experience working within the finance and travel industries.

Dr. Gareth Salmon

Dr. Gareth Salmon

Senior Researcher

Gareth currently supports a range of SEBI-Livestock’s activities including monitoring and evaluation, the development of the livestockdata.org website, and research on livestock production and economic modelling. He has experience working with livestock production in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, and also practical experience of livestock farming in the UK. Gareth holds a PhD from The University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), where he investigated productivity and GHG emissions intensity of Senegalese dairy production systems.

Ciara Vance

Ciara Vance

Project Manager

Ciara is responsible for planning, co-ordination and financial management of SEBI-Livestock projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania to reduce livestock mortality and improve animal health and productivity. She has extensive project management experience in the animal health development sector, as well as in the coordination and monitoring of multi-site and multi-country projects. Ciara holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining SEBI, Ciara worked for 15 years in the animal health product development industry, as a Study Director for a global contract research organisation. There, she managed pre-clinical and clinical trials for livestock species to support the development and international registration of veterinary pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and feed additives.

Dr. Johanna Wong

Dr. Johanna Wong

Monitoring & Learning (M&L) Outreach Officer

Johanna is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in livestock, food systems and human nutrition. She is committed to working towards improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in resource-poor areas. Her PhD explored the contributions of village chickens to maternal and child nutrition in rural Timor-Leste. Johanna has experience in the design and implementation of field surveys, mixed methods research and data analysis. She has also worked on aquaculture and livestock policy analysis in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Johanna holds a degree in Veterinary Science, and a PhD in Food and Nutrition Security and Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney.

Our partners and collaborators

SEBI-Livestock partners
Members of the LD4D community in February 2020

Partnerships are critical to our success. We work with partners directly through collaborative data improvement activities, and indirectly through supporting monitoring in livestock projects on the ground.

Academic partnerships: We draw on local expertise through collaborations with the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre and Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation livestock grantees:  In SEBI-Livestock’s monitoring and learning (ML) activity, we support the foundation’s livestock grantees to improve and harmonize data and share learnings with them through the LD4D community of practice. We also share data, evidence and experiences other livestock initiatives supported by the foundation including the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) and the Global Livestock Advocacy for sustainable Development (GLAD) initiative.

RTI: MPACT Consortium:  SEBI-Livestock’s ongoing engagement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation AgDev MPACT initiative ensures compatibility of the outputs as well as shared learnings and insights from our ongoing work.

International collaborations: Through the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community of practice, SEBI-Livestock has engaged with key actors in the livestock development community. These include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Platform, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly DFID), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), plus numerous governments, universities and the private sector including animal health companies and digital animal health service providers.

Acknowledgments

SEBI-Livestock is the continuation of the Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) programme (2017-2020). Visit the archived SEBI website for information on that project.

SEBI-Livestock is awarded to The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.