Saber Yezli

The Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Public Health Directorate

Ministry of Health

Saudi Arabia

Dr Saber Yezli is the Head of Research at the Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, a WHO collaborating center on Mass Gatherings Medicine. He obtained his first class BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics in 2003 and his PhD in molecular biology in 2008 from Cardiff University, UK. A pioneer in the emerging field of mass gatherings health, Dr Yezli started his career in the area of hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance to later expand to infectious disease and public health, with particular interest in mass gatherings and mass gatherings health. In the last few years Dr Yezli led numerous Hajj-related research for providing evidence-base for appropriate public health policy making for the event. Dr Yezli is a member of the UK Infection Prevention Society (IPS), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR). He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Infection Prevention and the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. Dr Yezli is also the author/co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts and invited oral presentations.