Chris Zielinski: Born in London, 1950, of Polish/ British nationality, Chris has been working with the World Health Organization since 2002, originally in Geneva, then Harare, and now Brazzaville, Congo, where he is responsible for developing a new African Health Observatory and editing the African Health Monitor. Earlier he spent four years in London as Chief Executive/Secretary General of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (the UK authors’ copyright society), six years with WHO/Egypt as Director, Health and Biomedical Information and eight years in FAO/Rome as Chief Editor. He has undertaken consultancy activities in strategy, partnerships, knowledge management, ICTs, ethics, communications, intellectual property, resource mobilization and working with NGOs. With Gates Foundation funding, he compiled a directory of health information activities of NGOs. Launched ExtraMED, a CD-ROM collection of developing country biomedical journals (full text page images), and published 20 CDs before passing the ownership to Biomed Central.