Nizam Damani is an honorary lecturer in Medical Microbiology at Queens University, Belfast, UK and senior consultant at the Global Infection Prevention and Control Unit at the World Health Organisation. He trained and worked in Karachi, Nairobi, London, Belfast and Geneva and is an internationally recognised expert in the field of IPC in healthcare facilities, both in low-middle and high income countries. Dr Damani was a member of the WHO core group of the 1st Global Patient Safety Challenge – ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’ and was the country co-ordinator for the WHO pilot site for the implementation of the Hand Hygiene programme. He has served on various project boards, working parties and steering groups, both at the national and international level including Northern Ireland Deptartment of Health, the European Union and WHO. A founder member of the Infection Control Society of Pakistan, Dr Damani was also a member of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy National Working Party of Antibiotic Sensitivity and served as treasurer and Chair of the Membership Committee of the International Federation of Infection Control. Currently a member of the editorial board of ICAN, Dr Damani is often invited to present national and international meeings. He has published extensively in scientific peer reviewed journals and is the sole author of Information Resources in Infection Control (8th edition) and The Manual of Infection Prevention and Control (3rd edition), which has been published by Oxford University Press and translated in various languages.