The SHEA International Ambassadors Program


The Application period for the 2021 delegation as now closed, and the delegation will be selected and announced late February 2021.


 2020 Delegation

 SHEA is pleased to welcome the 2020 Delegation.

  • Amete Mihret Teshale, BSC, MSC, PhD Fellow, Ethiopian Public Health Institute (Ethiopia)
  • Beatriz Larru Martinez, MD, PhD, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
  • Bongyoung Kim, MD, PhD, Hanyang University College of Medicine ((Republic of Korea)
  • Elias Tannous, RN, MBA, BSN, CIC Cleveland Clinic Abu dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Hala A. Amer, MD, MPH, PhD, CIC, King Saud Medical City (Saudi Arabia)
  • Hiroki Saito, MD, MPH, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Yokohama City Seibu Hospital (Japan)
  • Jane Ngivu, BSN, Gertrude's Children's Hospital (Kenya)
  • Keisha Gustave, RN, BScN, BEd, BSc IPC, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Barbados)
  • Mary Ndinda John, BS, International Training & Education Center for Health (Kenya)
  • Marco Tulio Luque, MD, Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social (IHSS) (Honduras)
  • Md Reaj Khan Babar, MPH, MSS, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
  • Olaia Pérez Martínez, MD, MPH, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña, Sergas (Spain)
  • Purabi Barman, MD, BLK Super Speciality Hospital (India)
  • Pyoeng Gyun Choe, MD, MPH, PhD, Seoul National University Hospital (Republic of Korea)
  • Romnick B. Aguilar, MAN, RN, CHA, FPCHA, FRIN, San Pedro Health Department, San Pedro Jose L. Amante Emergency Hospital (Philippines)
  • Salma Abbas, MBBS, MPH, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center (Pakistan)
  • Sidonn Krang, MD, MPH, Department of Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health (Cambodia)
  • Thuy Thi Thanh Le, MD, MSc, Children Hospital 1 (Viet Nam)


Since 2009, SHEA has partnered with 3M to benefit the international community of healthcare professionals dedicated to infection prevention through our International Ambassadors Program. The program is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.

In 2015, this program was updated to allow more Ambassadors to benefit from exposure to large US conferences dedicated to infection prevention and control. Selected ambassadors will attend the Decennial 2020 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia for training and will receive a one-year membership with SHEA to foster networking opportunities and expose them to SHEA's journal and other educational opportunities that can promote knowledge dissemination. A total of 18 Ambassadors will be selected in 2021 and provided a stipend to cover the costs of attending the virtual SHEA Spring meeting.

Response to the International Ambassadors Program has been noteworthy since its inception: over 650 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed 150 Ambassadors representing fifty-three countries:  Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Democratic of Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, St. Kitts, Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Togo, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. For more information, please email  


SHEA gratefully acknowledges the financial generosity of 3M Corporation who have supported the International Ambassadors Program since it's inception through 2020.  


The impact of this program within the Ambassadors' regions as well as for SHEA's international network is significant and continues to evolve. Ambassadors have organized training courses and educational meetings addressing infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship in India, China, Brazil, and the Philippines. Ambassadors have collaborated on a variety of projects, including: outbreak investigation (India), educational programs (India; Philippines), development of professional networks within a country (Kenya), and research. Several ambassadors were even highlighted in a textbook, Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, published jointly with SHEA and Joint Commission International.

International Ambassadors Program Goals in 2021

  • Expand international representation of emerging leaders with a potential for influence in epidemiology in order to positively impact infection prevention on a global scale.
  • Build collaborative relationships between SHEA members and professionals in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology that are sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Expose participants to the latest scientific content, research and expertise related to infection prevention.
  • Introduce ambassadors to leading industry vendors that serve this market in order to facilitate access to suppliers and partners to ultimately improve quality of care.

Past Delegations

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