Esther-Maria Antao is a trained microbiologist. After completing her Masters Degree in Microbiology in Goa, India, she moved to Berlin and worked on her doctoral degree at the Freie University in Berlin. She also has a background in scientific management. Her previous research interests focused in particular on antibiotic resistance and communication. After many years in academia she moved to the National Public Health Institute of Germany, where she continued to concentrate on public health and science communication, and contributed to the public health response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 2023, she is back in academia and now works at the Hasso Plattner-Institute, where she is now committed to exploring digital public health communication to reduce disease burden and antimicrobial resistance. In addition, she will focus on the ethical principles that govern global health practice, particularly the use of AI for global health. She is determined to advocate for ethical practices that bridge rather than widen the digital divide and existing inequities within the digital global public health landscape.