Ms Talei Fidow-Moors is a plant biosecurity officer by training. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from the University of the South Pacific, Samoa.
Ms Fidow- Moors has been working in the area of plant biosecurity within the Samoa Quarantine Services since 2005. The primary objective of her job is to ensure quarantine security, quality assurance and inspection services to protect Samoa from the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds, as well as to certify export commodities as pest free. Additionally, her duties include the setting of standards for Samoa’s biosecurity at the border, developing SPS measures in relation to import and export standards for animals and plants etc., and ensuring export certification conformity with export standards.
Ms Nimia Lissette Gómez holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Eugenio María de Hostos University, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has been working at the Quarantine and Risk Analysis Department at the Veterinary Service for nineteen years as a technician and department supervisor, contributing to develop importation requirements for live animals and products of animal origin. She is currently the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) in the Ministry of Agriculture in Dominican Republic and president of the National Committee of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. She has participated in international meetings and forums as CVO and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) country delegate.
Dr Maputa A. Kamulete is currently employed as Senior Veterinary Officer, Department of Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Lusaka , Zambia. Prior to this, she has worked as a Food Safety Officer at the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) in Zambia. Dr Kamulete obtained her Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia in 2000. As a Canoncollins/Chevening Scholar, she later obtained a Master of Science degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester, UK. Dr Kamulete is the Food Safety and Codex Contact Point for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. She also serves as the Technical Secretary for EDES and as the ead Focal Point of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) in Zambia.
Dr Ravi Khetarpal has been working with CABI South Asia (India) since 2010 and presently serves as their Regional Advisor for Strategic Science Partnerships. Prior to this, Dr Khetarpal worked in the Indian National Agricultural System for three decades of which ten years he spent as Head of the Plant Quarantine Division, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (India). He has also worked as a consultant in FAO's various technical cooperation projects in Indonesia, India, Nepal, Mauritius and Cambodia and served as an expert member in IPPC's Working Group on Capacity Building. He holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Paris, France.
Mr Babacar Samb is currently the Director of Cabinet Bioscope SARL based in Dakar, Senegal. Over the past 20 years, Mr Samb has worked extensively in risk assessment and project management. He brings with him a wealth of international experience in the design and implementation of capacity building programs in the field of food safety. He also served as the Regional Programme Coordinator of the EDES/COLEACP Programme for a duration of four years. He holds has a University Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology and a Masters in Marketing and Business Management from the Sup de Co Business School in Dakar, Senegal.
Ms María Clara Vidal in a senior analyst at the Office of Multilateral Affairs of the National Agribusiness International Relations in the Ministry of Agro-industry in Argentina. Ms Vidal has experience in analyzing legislation related to trade of agricultural products and has worked on similar issues in the international fora, including the WTO. She specializes in the implementation and jurisprudence of the WTO Agreement on SPS measures and also participates in activities related to Argentina's SPS Focal Point. She is currently represents Argentina in the SPS Committee. Ms Vidal holds a Master degree in International Relations and Negotiations from the San Andrés University / FLACSO in Buenos Aires.
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