Samantha Dittrich is a public health professional with international experience in global health security, epidemiology, disease surveillance, and laboratory systems strengthening. She currently serves as the lead for Merrick & Company’s Global Health Security Program and the Chair of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC). She earned a Master of Public Health in Prevention Science from Emory University, a B.S. in Nursing, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia.


Creating opportunities for life scientists to participate in diplomacy is crucial. In this article, authors identify a set of guiding principles for future programs that aim to grow the next generation of global biosecurity diplomats.