Ms 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. Ms Paultre 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.
Dr Kamarudin Md Isa is currently Director General Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia. During his vast tenure with the Veterinary Services, Dr Kamarudin 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, Dr Kamarudin helped Malaysia to obtain OIE recognition for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Freedom without vaccination for two states. Currently, Dr Kamarudin 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.
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 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. Dr Msiska 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.
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.
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