Professor Alexander S. Kekulé, MD PhD, born 1958, is the Director of the Institute for Biosecurity Research (IBS) in Halle, Germany. He holds a chair as University Professor and Director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at Martin Luther University (Halle). He has studied philosophy, biochemistry and medicine. Prior to his academic career he has been Summer Associate of the McKinsey& Company corporation, New York, in 1988. He has been a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, at the Free University of Berlin, at Munich Universities and at medical institutions. Prof. Kekulé holds specialty certificates in virology, microbiology, infectious disease epidemiology, laboratory medicine and emergency medicine. From 2003 to 2015, he served as an appointed advisor on disease control to the German Federal Government. One of his specialisations is influenza pandemic planning.