One Health Consultant, Centre on Global Health Security
Mirzet Sabirovic
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+44 (0)78 8422 1073


Dr Mirzet Sabirovic is a One Health consultant at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security to assess the opportunities and benefits of establishing One Health platforms/centres of excellence in high- and low-income countries. During his professional career, he led high profile national systems and international research programmes in animal health and zoonoses with focus on policy, capacity-building and disease control. These continue to contribute to animal and public health, and private sector in the western Balkans, New Zealand, UK, EU and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Dr Sabirovic is a veterinarian with postgraduate degrees in infectious diseases of animals (MSc and PhD) received at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a postgraduate degree (MSc) in Veterinary Public Health received at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has widely published his work in peer-reviewed journals and official government websites.


  • Policy
  • Capacity-building
  • International development
  • Infectious diseases and epidemiology
  • Risk assessment


2016 -International Consultant, Animal Health and Trade; Self-employed
2015-16Team Leader, Capacity Building for development of the National Animal Disease Compensation Fund and other services (EuropeAid/133858/C/SER/RS), HD-European Consulting Group, Belgrade, Serbia
2014-15Deputy Director, Sentinel Programme, Firetail Ltd, London, UK
2013-14Animal Health and Welfare Science Coordinator and Senior Lead Biosecurity Adviser, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK
2010-13Livelihoods Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK
2003-10Head, International Disease Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Enforcement, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK
2000-03National Programme Coordinator, TSEs/Laboratory Approval Scheme, New Zealand Food Safety Authority, Wellington, New Zealand
1994-2000National Coordinator, Exotic Disease Emergency Programme, New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Wellington, New Zealand
1991-93UNDP, Animal Health Officer: EU Project – Strengthening of Veterinary Services for Livestock Disease Control (ALA/BHU/90/08), Deothang & Thimpu, Bhutan
1982-91Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1981-82Head Veterinarian, Dairy Cattle Farm, D. Vukovije - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Quantifying experts' uncertainty about the future cost of exotic diseases Gosling JP, Hart A, Mouat DC, Sabirovic M, Scanlan S, Simmons A., Risk Analysis, 2012 May;32(5):881-893. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01704.x. Epub 2011 Oct 31. (2012).
  • 'Assessing the risk of disease introduction in imports', Roberts H, Carbon M, Hartley M, Sabirovic M., Veterinary Record, 2011 Apr 30;168(17):447-448. doi: 10.1136/vr.d1784. (2011). 
  • 'International disease monitoring, January to March', Sabirovic M, Roberts H, Lopez M, Hancock R, Veterinary Record, 2010 Apr 17;166(16):483-486. doi: 10.1136/vr.c1950. (2010). 
  • 'International disease monitoring, October to December 2009', Sabirovic M, Roberts H, Lopez M, Hancock R, Veterinary Record, 2010 Feb 6;166(6):160-162. doi: 10.1136/vr.c569. (2010). 
  • 'International disease monitoring, July to September 2009', Sabirovic M, Roberts H, Papadopoulou C, Lopez M, Hancock R, Calistri P, Veterinary Record, 2009 Nov 7;165(19):552-555. (2009).
  • 'Assessment of risk of introduction of HPAI H5N1 virus from affected countries to the UK', Sabirovic, M, Hall, S, Wilesmith, J, Grimley, P, Coulson, N, Landeg F, Avian Diseases, Mar, 51 (1 Suppl), 340-343. (2007).