Developing country experts

Current developing country experts

Six developing country experts from different regions worldwide are part of the STDF and they rotate every two years. 

Developing country experts take part in STDF Working Group meetings, share experiences on SPS technical cooperation, provide guidance to review funding applications, and promote the STDF in relevant regional and international events.

Michèle Barthole-Paultre

Michèle Barthole-Paultre is currently the director of Haiti Bureau of Standards (BHN). Previously she served as the head of the Essential Oils Laboratory and then moved on to join the Directorate of Quality Control and Consumer Protection in Haiti's Ministry of Trade and Industry. She has worked in the area of food control systems (food inspection and food control laboratories), consumer protection, development of quality infrastructure and various capacity building projects. She is a member of the Council of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality. She holds a Master degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico.

G. J. Benoit Gnonlonfin

Gbemenou Joselin Benoit Gnonlonfin is currently ECOWAS-USAID Senior SPS standards advisor. Previously, he worked as a research scientist at Benin’s National Agricultural Research Institute for 10 years. He has been a consultant/expert in the African Union Inter-Bureau on Animal Resources (AU/IBAR) and on AU food safety and Codex projects. His experience includes capacity building, risk assessment and project development. He is a member of the Joint FAO/WHO Experts on Food Additives and Contaminants. He has a Masters in microbiology from the University of Botswana, and a PhD in food safety from the University of Copenhagen.

Kamarudin Md Isa

Kamarudin Md Isa is currently Director General Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia. During his vast tenure with the Veterinary Services, he has made significant contributions in the area of animal health. Specifically, he played a leading role in helping Malaysia successfully eradicate the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). This led him to serve as Chairman of the ASEAN HPAI Taskforce in 2004.  In addition, he helped Malaysia to obtain OIE recognition for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Freedom without vaccination for two states. Currently, he is Malaysia's delegate to the OIE and has participated actively in various OIE programmes and activities. He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Agriculture University of Malaysia.

Kajarayekha Kenneth Msiska

Kenneth Msiska heads the Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service which is a part of Zambia's National Plant Protection Organization. His main area of work has been in biosecurity (phytosanitary), developing of appropriate systems and support to prevent adverse events and market access negotiations for plant and plant products. Kenneth brings with him experience in implementation of various capacity building projects in Zambia. He holds a PhD in plant biosecurity from Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Merriam Toalak

Merriam Toalak worked for Biosecurity Vanuatu for 17 years as a Plant Pathology technician under Plant Health. She was acting Director of Biosecurity for two years before leaving for PhD studies in New Zealand, where she is currently doing her PhD program at Lincoln University. She spent half a year working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community with Biosecurity and Trade, and Plant Health. She is a member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and she holds a Masters in Plant Health and Biosecurity from Adelaide University, South Australia.

Sanniel Wilson

Sanniel Wilson is Jamaica’s Chief Plant Quarantine Officer/Head of Jamaica’s National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), the Plant Quarantine Produce Inspection Branch. Previously, she was Acting Pest Risk Manager and a Pest Risk Analyst with the NPPO for seven years and a Global Gap Implementation Officer. Her experience includes risk assessment for food safety systems and training in GMPs, GAPs and HACCP. She is Jamaica’s IPPC representative at the Caribbean Agricultural Health Food Safety Agency and country representative on the Caribbean Plant Health Director’s Forum. She holds a Masters in Food Safety and Quality.

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