James M. “Jim” Welch
Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation
James M “Jim” Welch is the executive director of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, (www.griffinresearch.org) a US-based non-profit foundation that works globally in collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders in the advocacy of safe and secure research that improves global health security.
Educated at East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, he currently serves on the advisory board of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a member of the board of directors of the International Federation of Biosafety Association where his role is special envoy for biosafety and biosecurity. Jim has been a key speaker and panelist at numerous professional conferences and symposia around the world as well as an instructor in professional courses related to biosafety, biosecurity, leadership, risk communication and management. He currently serves as one of five global risk communication experts on an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) project managed by Akademi Sains Malaysia for young scientists in the Asia-Pacific region and serves on the steering group of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium. He is also a member of the Law Enforcement and Veterinary International Conference (LEVIC) at INTERPOL.
Jim is a named honorary member of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and was the 2011 recipient of the John H Richardson Humanitarian Award from the American Biological Safety Association.