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.
Sanjay Dave         

Sanjay Dave is currently the Chairperson of the Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia and a member of the Scientific Committee of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.  He has over three decades of experience working in agriculture, food safety and supporting the work of standard setting bodies. Previously, he was the Chairperson of Codex Alimentarius Commission, has served as the Agriculture Adviser in the Mission of India to the EU at Brussels and Director of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority in the Ministry of Commerce in India.

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.

Rogério Pereira da Silva   

Rogério Pereira da Silva has held several key positions, including Deputy General Negotiation Coordinator for WTO matters and Coordinator of Codex matters in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil. He has participated in numerous Codex Committees, the WTO SPS Committees and FAO/WHO Coordinating Committees. He holds a Masters in Agronomy and a Specialization in food safety surveillance from University of Brasília, Brazil.

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.

Ameha Sebsibe Woldemariam        

Ameha Sebsibe Woldemariam is currently Head of the Livestock Development Program at the regional centre of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), based in Nairobi, covering seven countries in East Africa. He worked in the Ethiopian agricultural system as a researcher and national coordinator of the small ruminant program and as the Director of a research centre for over 15 years. Ameha was also Director General of the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Technology Institute. He has a PhD on Meat Science from the University of Pretoria and has authored journals, papers, and other publications.