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Mexican – German Cooperation in the Covid-19 pandemic

Embassy of Mexico, Berlin | Nils Gade, Celia Alpuche-Aranda, Jan Felix Drexler, Javier Dávila Torres, Katharina Fleckenstein

Mexican Science Day - Pandemic challenges for international cooperation

The Mexican Science Day intends to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue with the scientific and academic community as well as with students, that could generate new collaboration opportunities for associated groups that strengthen the scientific relationship between Mexico and Germany.

16:00-16:20 , Welcome remarks
• H.E. Francisco Quiroga, Ambassador of Mexico in Germany
• Dra. Laura Elena Carrillo Cubillas, Executive Director, Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID)
• Prof. Dr. Claudia Warning, Director for the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Southern and Eastern Europe, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
• Dr. Kai Sicks, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
• Dr. Francisco José Trigo Tavera, Coordinator of International Relations and Affairs, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

16:20-16:40 , Nils Gade, Project Lead Sector Initiative One Health for Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH: Dialogue between pandemics

16:40-17:00 , Dr. Celia Alpuche Aranda, Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research (CISEI), Mexican National Institute of Public Health (INSP): Laboratory challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic

17:00- 17:20 , Prof. Dr. Jan Felix Drexler, Associate professor, Institute of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin: SARS-Cov2 pandemic experience in Latin America

17:20- 17:40 , Dr. Katharina Fleckenstein, DAAD Regional Director Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Regional scientific cooperation. The GLACIER project.

17:40- 18:00 , Dr. Javier Dávila Torres, Director General for Politic Cooperation of AMEXCID, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE): Balance and perspectives in the Mexican-German Cooperation

18:00- 18:30 , DISCUSSION PANEL Moderator: Prof. Dr. med. Julieta Rojo-Medina, Participants: Nils Gade, Dr. Celia Alpuche, Prof. Dr. med. Felix Drexler, Dr. Katharina Fleckenstein and Javier Dávila.

18:30-19:30 , Networking opportunity

The objective of this event is to bring together German and Mexican authorities in order to present the results of important bilateral cooperation of institutions like the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CISEI) at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), the Institute for Virology at Charité – University Medicine Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Department for Scientific, Technical and Innovation Cooperation (DGCTC) at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).



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Nils Gade

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Lead Sector Initiative One Health for GIZ

He studied economics at the University of Hamburg with a major in Econometrics and Development Theories. From 1987 to 1990 he conducted research on the development of Latin American countries for the Foundation Konrad Adenauer in Buenos Aires. In the following seven years he worked for Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau where he managed development projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. From 1997 to 2019 Mr Gade led programmes for international NGOs in Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, with a focus on reproductive health and infectious diseases. In 2020, he moved back his home country Germany where he oversaw the project “Pandemic Dialog” for the Charité in Berlin, an initiative to promote the scientific interchange between Latin American countries and Germany. Since February 2021, Nils Gade has been leading the Sector Initiative One Health with GIZ.

Celia Alpuche-Aranda

The National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP)

She is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician with a PhD in Science-Microbiology and a Post-Doctoral at the Infectious Diseases Unit-Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School. In Mexico, she was an attending physician and Chief Department of Enteropathogens Laboratory at the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gomez; coordinator of the Infectious diseases and Clinical Microbiology laboratory-Experimental Medicine Department-Medical School-UNAM, Director of the Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference Laboratory of the MOH Mexico (key element in 2009 influenza pandemic response), mentored undergraduate, master’s and PhD students. She has published more than 100 peer review manuscripts. Currently, she is director of the Research Center for Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Public Health. She participates in technical and advisory groups at the national and international level and is helping Mexico MOH in the response to COVID-19 (areas of diagnostic and vaccines) and a member of the WHO, SAGE Working group on COVID-19 vaccines.

Jan Felix Drexler

Institut für Virologie Charité

His work focuses on the epidemiology and the evolutionary biology of emerging viruses. His major achievements include the development of affordable tests for HIV, hepatitis C virus and yellow fever virus, the uncovering of the zoonotic origins of major human viruses like mumps, hepatitis A and hepatitis B virus, and the elucidation of key aspects of the epidemiology of the Latin American Zika virus outbreak. In 2003, he finished his medical studies with his Medical Thesis at the University Hamburg. He has worked as a clinical fellow in Germany and Brazil, as a staff scientist at the Institute of Virology at the University of Bonn Medical Centre (2008-13), as Associate professor at the Institute of Virology of the University of Bonn (2015-17) and is now working as Associate professor at the Institute of Virology of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Javier Dávila Torres


He is a medical surgeon from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) with a specialisation in maxillofacial (trauma and deformities) and health systems management. He has extensive national and international management experience: Medical Director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), various management positions at the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), advisor and private secretary at the Ministry of Health, representative for Mexico of the patient safety movement USA/WHO. Professor of postgraduate courses in his speciality with several publications in the field of health and national and international lecturer. Member of the board of directors of the Mexican Academy of Surgery.

Katharina Fleckenstein

Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst in Mexico (DAAD)

She works at the German Academic Exchange Service since June 2009. Since June 2019 she is heading the regional DAAD office in Mexico City. From 2016 until 2019 she was head of section for DAAD scholarship programs in North Africa and the Middle East. She served for DAAD in Afghanistan (Kabul/Mazar-e Sharif) from 2014 to 2016 as senior advisor in a joint project “Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan” with the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit). Prior to this appointment she worked as senior desk officer for DAAD’s Pakistan programs in Bonn. Her academic background is Religious and Islamic Studies at University of Erfurt and University of Exeter, UK. She earned her doctoral degree on the topic “Continuity and Change in Islamic Education for Women in Pakistan,” with field research stays in India and Pakistan.

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