Meet the Team

Didier Pittet

Chair

Professor Didier Pittet is the Hospital Epidemiologist & Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals & Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Didier Pittet
Chair

Marianne Kemmer

Executive Director

Executive leader with a 20+ year background in global leadership of projects within business, university, hospital, and international publisher environments.

Marianne Kemmer
Executive Director

Hervé Ney

Treasurer

Expert in sterilization at the University hospitals of Geneva since May 2016, Head manager of the CSSD from 2002 to 2016. Licensed in biology and in management of health services, engineer-master in management, master degree in law in Executive Management and Strategy of Organizations sanitary and social, Holder of a university diploma in sterilization (DIU Lyon - Grenoble – France). President of the SSSH (Swiss Society for Sterile Supply), Teacher for the courses level 1, 2, 3, university diploma of sterilization, and for management courses. Treasurer of the WFHSS since October 2014. Expert - auditor in sterilization in the county of Geneva for the executive body.
Editor for sterilisation magazine

Hervé Ney
Treasurer

Jon Otter

Research Director

Honorary Senior Lecturer in HCAI and AMR at Imperial College London.
I am an epidemiologist focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London. I was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research (CIDR) (King's College London / Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London) and the Scientific Director of the Healthcare Division at Bioquell. I have a first class honors degree in Microbiology from the University of Nottingham (2001) and a PhD in epidemiology (of MRSA) from King's College London (2011). (Just to clarify, it didn't take me 10 years to do my PhD!) Research interests include the epidemiology of MRSA, C. difficile and multidrug-resistant Gram-negatives (especially CPE), antibiotic and antiseptic resistance, the role of contaminated surfaces in transmission, and molecular typing methods including some recent dabbling in whole genome sequencing. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), alumnus of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and was previously Assistant Editor at the Journal of Hospital Infection, and a member of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Scientific Programme Committee.

Jon Otter
Research Director

Ermira Tartari

Education Director

Ermira Tartari is a Research Fellow in the Department of Infection Prevention and Control & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals, Faculty of Medicine, and a PhD candidate in Global Health (Biomedical Sicences) at the University of Geneva, Ermira is an Academic at the Faculty of Health Science, University of Malta, has previously worked as an infection control practitioner.

Ermira Tartari
Education Director