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.
Lucy Namu     

Lucy M. Namu is currently Head of the Analytical Chemistry and Food Safety Laboratory at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS). She has over 25 years' experience as a biochemist and, recently, as a food safety expert. Lucy has been the Kenyan lead delegate as Co-chair of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) in food, and on the working group to develop guidance on MRLs, and active in the Codex Coordinating Committee for Africa. Lucy holds a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University of Technology, UK, and a food safety specialization from the Technical University of Denmark.

Mirian Bueno     

Mirian Bueno is currently the Deputy Director for Food Safety at the National Plant and Animal Health and Agrifood Safety Agency (SENASA) and Codex Contact Point for Honduras.  She has worked on food safety issues for over 10 years, being actively involved with the development and implementation of policies and regulations based on Codex standards. During her career, she has participated in the negotiation and development of sanitary measures and regulations related to agricultural agreements for regional and international trade. Mirian holds a Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala.

Visoni Timote     

Visoni Timote is currently the Plant Pathologist Adviser working for the Pacific Community (SPC) and Executive Secretary for the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO), which consists of 26 member countries and territories in the South West Pacific region. Previously, he worked for over 20 years as a border officer for the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) – previously the Fiji Quarantine and Inspection Division – leaving BAF as the Chief Plant Protection Officer. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Science and is a graduate from Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA), Japan majoring in Plant Pathology.

Juliet Goldsmith   

Juliet Goldsmith is the Plant Health Specialist of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), the Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) for the Caribbean Region. She is an entomologist and pest risk analyst with over two decades of experience working in agriculture, including pest management, plant pest diagnostics and pesticide life cycle management. Previously, Juliet was a Senior Plant Protection Officer and Manager of the Pest Risk Analysis Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jamaica. She holds a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from the Northern Caribbean University and has published several scientific papers and articles.

Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatolu   

Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatolu is one of Africa's certified experts to carry out OIE's Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) pathway missions. She is a veterinary epidemiologist with over 35 years of experience in Zimbabwe's veterinary services. Her skills include laboratory diagnostics and quality management, epidemiological surveillance, import risk analysis and animal health research. At various stages of her career, Unesu has held several key administrative positions, beginning as Head of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and Research Services, which later incorporated Veterinary Public Health, followed by Head of Field Veterinary Services. Her last post was as Chief Veterinary Officer and Delegate to the OIE. She holds a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology from the University of Zimbabwe. 

Sithar Dorjee   

Sithar Dorjee is currently Director for Strategic Planning, Human Resource, and International Relations at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences in Bhutan (KGUMSB). He has over 20 years' experience in animal health and food safety, One Health, and as Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. Sithar is also the Regional Coordinator for the South Asia One Health Disease Surveillance Network and Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Management of Bhutan's Royal Government. He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Prince Edward Island of Canada and is involved in research, training and teaching on zoonotic and foodborne diseases in Bhutan and the region.