Thomas Abraham is the Director of the Public Health Communication Programme and Assistant Professor at HKU. He is an expert in infectious disease and health risk communication, particularly in an Asian context, and in developing tools and training for health risk communicators and health journalists. In 2009, he worked in the Director General’s Office at the World Health Organization, Geneva as head of news and media relation during the influenza pandemic and is experienced at media relations and risk communication. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and helped to develop the WHO’s outbreak communication planning guidelines, and is a founding member of the WHO’s global health communicator’s network. He has conducted workshops for journalists for the World Health Organization, and has been a featured speaker on risk communication at conferences and workshops around the world. He teaches a course on health journalism at the JMSC, which he hopes will help create a network of trained health journalists in the region.
He is the author of Twenty First Century Plague, The Story of SARS ( Hong Kong University and Johns Hopkins University Press).
Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, Thomas Abraham was a journalist for 25 years, and was Editor of the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.