Donato Greco was born in Naples, Italy, and graduated in medicine with a specialisation in infectious diseases, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. He started his career with nine years in infectious diseases, then founded and later directed the National Centre for Epidemiology of the National Institute of Health of Italy, where he served for 32 years. Then Donato Greco has served for four years as Director of the Department of Disease Prevention in the Italian Ministry of Health. As Director he was in charge of the Influenza Pandemic preparedness. As National Epidemiologist at ISS he investigated some hundreds of epidemics in Italy and in several other countries. Donato Greco has worked intensively with WHO and with European Union, namely with the European Center for Disease Control. Today he serves as consultant in the area of communicable diseases surveillance, prevention and risk communication. He has been leading EU wide surveillance and communication evaluation projects on influenza such as the ECDC response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic evaluation (May-July 2009). He has authored more than 150 scientific publications and has been teaching epidemiological methods in Italian universities for many years. Donato Greco has been awarded the Italian Gold Medal for Public Health.