Our Team


The Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC) helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations and real-time crises.

All GBAC training programs leverage science-based cleaning and disinfection best practices to teach professionals how to safely and responsibly treat environments that have been impacted by a biohazard.

GBAC is an experienced network of experts and certified partners who are prepared to respond to any event involving a biological crisis. The council is composed of international leaders in the fields of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis and biohazard mitigation.

GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

Patty Olinger

Patricia Olinger, JM, RBP
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®

Patty Olinger is the Executive Director for GBAC. Prior to joining GBAC, Olinger was an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research Administration and the Executive Director of the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at Emory University. During Olinger’s 13-year tenure, EHSO had university-wide responsibility for all aspects of Environmental, Health and Safety support, including EHS compliance support to Emory Healthcare. This included biosafety support to the Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU), which cared for four Ebola patients in 2014.

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Director of GBAC, has more than 25 years of technical experience in emergency management and infectious disease surveillance and response. A veteran of both the Australian and British militaries, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has appeared on a variety of national and international news outlets to share his expertise on high consequence pathogens such as coronavirus, Ebola, influenza, and Zika.

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
Paul Meechan

Paul J. Meechan, Ph.D, MPH, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)

Paul Meechan has nearly 30 years of experience in biosafety. A veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Meechan has also worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), In addition to overseeing large scale production facilities and containment labs, he served as president of ABSA International and is the editor of the upcoming sixth-edition of the NIH/CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, a cornerstone of biosafety practice.

Stefan Wagener, PhD, SM (NRCM), CBSP, RBP

Dr. Stefan Wagener is the founder and executive director of Biorisk International. He has nearly three decades of international experience in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity, and bioethics as well as executive management. Dr. Wagner is a retired Director-General for the Canadian government and has served on the country’s public health agency, Health Canada.

Stefan Wagener

Have a question?