Ron Dagan is Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva. He founded the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit at the Department of Pediatrics, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and served as its director from 1987 to June 2014. He is a Founding Member of the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infectious Disease (ISID) and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He served as President of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) from 2004 to 2006 and as President of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) from 2006 through 2009. He has chaired the board of the International Symposia on Pneumococcus and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD) from 2010 to 2016. Prof. Dagan has contributed over 500 original articles, reviews and book chapters, and has presented over 500 papers at national and international scientific meetings. He has earned international recognition for his research, which has focused largely on vaccine preventable diseases, with particular emphasis on pneumococcal vaccines, the epidemiology of respiratory infections in children and pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of otitis media.