Successful Conclusion of first Virtual Leadership Series Workshop

Successful Conclusion of first Virtual Leadership Series Workshop

Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) in collaboration with Fogarty International Center (FIC) and Safer Behaviors concluded the first Virtual Leadership Series (VLS) Workshop. This series was held from January 23 2020 to May 20 2020 and was conducted through GotoMeeting. It was led by Sean Kaufman, with facilitator support provided by Bioprism trainers.

The course consisted of 6 sessions, each session lasting a duration of two weeks. Session topics included:

  • The Intrinsic Leader;
  • Leading Different Personalities;
  • Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry;
  • Leaders Leading and Motivational Interviewing;
  • The Laboratory Emergency Response Leader;
  • and Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Each session included a lecture by Sean Kaufman and a reflection activity, which was facilitated by Bioprism trainers, and was concluded by assignments completed by participants that were reviewed by Sean and the Bioprism trainers.

The workshop was met with appreciation and regard by the participants, who also mentioned that they felt empowered at the conclusion of the course.

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Being elected as the President of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) is a true honour for me. I believe that promoting awareness, knowledge and understanding of biosafety at the regional and national level is responsibility of each member and trainer of the PBSA. This organization is commended in many of the national and international forums for its preventive training for Risk Assessment and management, that was much needed at the time of COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, it has promoted strong collaborations and affiliations with various Biosafety developmental programs that align with international standards to acknowledge and recognize biosafety as a separate scientific discipline within Pakistan. I strongly agree that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”, and would like to work with the PBSA team to implement this approach as far and wide as possible.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan
Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan, President PBSA/ Professor Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi