Dr. Bassirou holds a DVM and a PhD in epidemiology. He worked for 5 years (1995-2000) in West Africa as a livestock development program coordinator for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. He went for a 4 year (2000-2004) epidemiology postdoctoral fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). He subsequently led for 4 years (2004-2008) a research group in the Horn Africa, West Africa and Central Asia where he contributed to validate the One Health concept. Between 2009-2018, he was the Managing Director of CSRS where he led the North-South science diplomacy. He is since 2009 to date the Director of the consortium Afrique One (DELTAS I) contributing to scientific foundation of One Health and the capacity development of a cohort of 70 young scientists in the same field. He is a guest lecturer at University of Liège (Belgium), Swiss TPH/ University of Basel (Switzerland), African universities (Côte d’Ivoire, Togo) and at the Inter-States Veterinary School (Senegal) of which he is the chair of the scientific advisory board since 2017. He is author and co-author of up to 200 peer review papers and fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.