Dr. Thomas is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and jointly appointed scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute based in Nairobi, Kenya where she leads a theme on Neglected Zoonotic Diseases at the One Health Centre in Africa (OHRECA) funded by the BMZ. Her research focusses on the sustainable control of neglected zoonoses and spans field epidemiology, economic analysis and qualitative research on the context, barriers and drivers for surveillance & control. She has over 12 years’ experience of working in East & Southern Africa and South-East Asia, both in academia and in consultancy roles for the World Health organisations and other international organisations. Lian gained her DVM and MSc from St. Georges University in Grenada, West Indies and holds a PhD in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh. She was the recipient of a 2019 Soulsby Foundation Fellowship and has been strongly involved with the development of the ‘Community of Fellows’ within the Foundation.