Jim Welch is the executive director of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization that focuses on biosafety and biosecurity in fostering global health security. Educated at East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, Jim is a member of the steering group of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, has served as a non-government spokesperson on the Global Health Security Agenda Steering Group and also is a member of the Joint External Evaluation International Alliance. He has served on the advisory board of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the National Institutes of Health, the board of directors of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations, the Law Enforcement and Veterinary International Conference at INTERPOL, as an external advisor for the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training Program and as a member of the Global Health Security Roundtable. He was the 2011 recipient of the John H Richardson Award of ABSA International and is an honorary member of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and the International Veterinary Biosafety Working Group. He has been a key speaker and panelist at professional conferences, seminars, universities and for private companies around the world.