Affiliated Expert, Biosecurity

Mayra Ameneiros is a Senior Fellow at the International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science. She holds a BSc and MSc in Biochemistry, and is a certified professional in biorisk management and biosecurity accredited by IFBA, where she has also acted as a Mentor of the IFBA Global Mentorship Program. Ameneiros is a member of the WHO Health-Security Interface Technical Advisory Group (HSI-TAG), providing independent advice to WHO on strategic priorities and plans of action related to the health-security interface, including preparedness and response to deliberate events and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

Ameneiros serves on the Board of Directors of NextGen, where she is also the liaison to the Global Health Security Agenda ConsortiumĀ“s Steering Committee and APP3 Group on Biosafety and Biosecurity; as well as the NGO working group of the Biological Weapons Convention. In addition to her role as an Affiliated Expert at CRDF Global, she is a Senior Advisor for Sandia National Laboratories and an in-country SME for Health Security Partners. She actively contributes to capacity-building efforts throughout Latin America, promoting awareness of biorisk management, biosecurity, cyber-biosecurity, research security, responsible science, and dual-use research.

Ameneiros was a 2022 ELBI Fellow from Johns Hopkins University and a 2022 ACONA Fellow from Harvard University. Before her current engagements, she served as a Research Associate at King’s College London, Centre for Science and Security Studies.

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