INVITED SPEAKERS

Dr. Ovokeroye Abafe

Dr. Ovokeroye Abafe

Dr. Ovokeroye Abafe gained his BSc (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry. He then completed a taught/research masters in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry studying simple and proper chromatographic methods for the analysis of antimalarial drugs in different human biological matrices. Dr. Abafe obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

After some years of postdoctoral appointments, he took up his present post in November, 2016. Dr Abafe does research in Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Food Safety, Public Health and Capacity Building.

Prof. Gabriel Adegoke

Prof. Gabriel Adegoke

Professor Adegoke obtained his PhD degree (Veterinary Microbiology) in 1984 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and is a full Professor in the Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof Adegoke is a recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the governments of Nigeria, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Finland and Canada. Prof Adegoke has taught in universities in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa , Lesotho and Nigeria.

Professor Adegoke was invited as a Consultant by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2007-2014 on issues relating to Healthy Food Market, acrylamide and food safety( FERG). Professor Adegoke is currently a member of Food and Agriculture Organization’s JECFA on food additives, contaminants and natural toxicants .

Professor Adegoke is an online reviewer for several professional journals and he is on the Editorial Boards of some international journals with reasonable impact factors. He is the Editor-in-Chief, Current Bacteriology (USA). Professor Adegoke's competencies are in the areas of food safety, food additives and microbial toxicants particularly fungal toxins.

Dr. Mushal Allam

Dr. Mushal Allam

Dr. Mushal Allam is a senior bioinformatics scientist at the Sequencing Core Facility, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa. He have BSc (Hons) in Biology, MSc in Molecular Biology and PhD in Bioinformatics.

His research interests focus on applications of genomics and bioinformatics in microbial diversity, evolution, pathogenesis, virulence and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Matthew Aijuka

Dr. Matthew Aijuka

I am a native of Uganda and completed my BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology degree in 2010 at The Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2011, I moved to South Africa to pursue my MSc Food Science degree at The Department of Consumer and Food Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa graduating in 2014. My dissertation was titled ‘Characterization of the bacteriological quality of irrigation water in South Africa and its role as a source of contamination on irrigated lettuce’.

In 2014, I embarked on my doctoral studies in Food Science specializing in food microbiology, safety and infectious gastrointestinal disease, graduating in September 2018. My thesis was titled ‘Characterization of pathogenic Escherichia coli associated with food and irrigation water in South Africa’. My Masters and Doctoral research was supervised by Professor Elna M. Buys (PhD), Head Consumer and Food Sciences University of Pretoria.

Additionally, my doctoral research had great input from Professor James P. Nataro (MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP), Chief of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine and University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville Virginia, USA and his whole research team. Over the past 7 years my research has aimed at linking the high diarrheal disease burden in South Africa, noted particularly among high risk groups such as infants and immune compromised adults to contaminated food products.

Dr. Marc W. Allard

Dr. Marc W. Allard

Dr. Allard is a Senior Biomedical Research Services Officer in the Division of Microbiology in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Science. Dr. Allard joined The US FDA in 2008 where he uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) of foodborne pathogens to identify and characterize outbreaks of bacterial strains, particularly Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. Dr. Allard specializes in both phylogenetic analysis, as well as the biochemical laboratory methods which generate the WGS information.

Dr. Allard helped develop the first distributed network of laboratories that utilize whole genome sequencing for pathogen identification and traceback called the GenomeTrakr database, which is part of the NCBI Pathogen Detection web site. These tools are used daily for outbreak investigations. Dr. Allard acts as senior scientist to advise the US FDA on both WGS and phylogenetic methods as they apply to public health.

Dr. Stephen Amoo

Dr. Stephen Amoo

Dr Amoo is a Specialist Researcher based at Agricultural Research Council - Vegetable and Ornamental Plants, South Africa. He is responsible for co-ordinating the Indigenous Vegetable and Medicinal Plant Research Units in the Crop Science Division. These research teams focus on the full agricultural value chain development of indigenous/African vegetables and medicinal plants, covering R&D on propagation, cultivation (agronomy), analytical studies, product development and enterprise development.

Dr Amoo has published scores of peer-reviewed research articles in internationally rated leading journals. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Review Board Editor for South African Journal of Botany in addition to serving on the editorial boards of other high impact scientific journals. In terms of skills and capacity development, he has supervised and is currently supervising several MSc and PhD students in addition to mentoring postdoctoral fellows in scarce skill areas.

Prof. Dave Berger

Prof. Dave Berger

Dave Berger is Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He leads the Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions research group at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, followed by a Postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Prof Berger is a plant molecular biologist with a research focus on crop diseases of economic importance in Africa and globally. He conducts collaborative research to understand the molecular basis of maize resistance and fungal pathogenicity in grey leaf spot disease of maize, with the aim of developing sustainable management strategies. He was recipient of the 2016 Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security from NSTF-South 32, South Africa.

Dr. Yi Chen

Dr. Yi Chen

Dr. Yi Chen has been with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) since 2008 and is currently a research microbiologist in the Division of Microbiology. He has been working on the method development and validation for the detection, enumeration and whole genome sequencing analysis of Listeria monocytogenes. He has developed, compared and evaluated rapid methods for screening L. monocytogenes in food and environmental matrices. Dr. Chen also studied behaviors of L. monocytogenes in various food matrices to elucidate the relative risk of L. monocytogenes contamination in these foods.

In addition, he has performed whole genome sequencing analysis on L. monocytogenes strains isolated during regular surveillance and outbreak response, which has improved our understanding on the epidemiology and ecological persistence of this pathogen. As a subject matter expert on L. monocytogenes, he has provided scientific advice for various FDA assignments, outbreak investigations and laboratory analyses. He currently serves as the General Referee for AOAC International and editorial board member for Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He also serves on the technical committee of MicroVal, Expert Review Panel of AOAC and US tag of International Standard Organization.

Dr. Gerrie du Rand

Dr. Gerrie du Rand

Dr Gerrie du Rand is an associate professor in the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and the Head of the Food section. She is recognised academically nationally and internationally as a researcher and expert in the field of Food and Hospitality related consumer behaviour. Her specialty area of interest is Food Tourism and the use of Local foods in culinary mapping. Prof Du Rand’s research experience comprises food related consumer behaviour in the culinary field and consumer-related food product development.

Her current extensive involvement with post graduate students focuses on topics ranging from consumer food practices and behaviour, culinary practices, innovative culinary product development and food tourism. She is currently involved in various research projects, the CoE project on Consumer Aspects of Food Safety of Fresh produce, Food waste management and Food security of UP Students. She was awarded Dux Docens award for the best lecturer at UP for 2009 and two best paper awards at international conferences in 2010 and 2015.

Prof. Etter

Prof. Etter

Professor Etter is an extraordinary professor in the Department Production Animals Studies of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. He is appointed in the Epidemiology section of the department. Epidemiologist, professor Etter is an international recognised expert in risk analysis. He is also a researcher for CIRAD, the French institute for agriculture research for development. He has published more than 40 artilces in international peer-reviewed journal. Under his supervision or co-supervision 2 PhD and 12 MSc students have graduated. He currently supervised or co-supervised 4 PhD and 4 MSc students.

He developed skills and expertise in the field of sanitary risk analysis. His research targeted different diseases including zoonotic diseases (BTB, brucellosis, RVF) as well as vector-borne diseases such as Blue-tongue, WN, AHS, RVF and diseases with major economic consequences impacting farmers but also whole countries due to ban of exportation (ASF, FMD). His work on disease dynamics and risk analysis led him to study value chains, use of anitbiotics and anti-microbial resistance. His duties are to assess classical and innovative methods to determine risk factors in order to propose the best and most cost-effective strategies to control these diseases. He develops multivariable models (including factorial analysis, logistic regression, social network analysis) and tests mitigation strategies using stochastic risk assessment.

He included in his research social science approaches in the understanding of the surveillance and control of notifiable diseases. This transdisciplinary approach should allow to understand the real flow of information, and the factors influencing the acceptability of surveillance systems in order to optimize the control of diseases.

Dr. Gbemenou Joselin Benoit Gnonlonfin

Dr. Gbemenou Joselin Benoit Gnonlonfin

Dr Gbemenou Joselin Benoit Gnonlonfin is currently ECOWAS-USAID Senior SPS standards advisor. Prior to this, Dr Gnonlonfin worked for 10 years as research scientist at Benin National Agricultural Research Institute. He has also worked as consultant/expert in the African Union Inter-Bureau on Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)/African Union’s various projects especially on food safety and Codex Alimentarius related matters. I am also Food Safety preventive controls for human food Lead Instructor.

He has a vast experience in capacity building, risk assessment and management, and project design and implementation in the field of food safety and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) at large. He is also member of the Joint FAO/WHO Experts on Food Additives and Contaminants (JECFA). He is committee member of the African Society of Mycotoxicology (ASM). He is one of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) developing country experts.

Further, he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a master degree in applied microbiology from University of Botswana, and a PhD in food safety from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Prof. Pieter Gouws

Prof. Pieter Gouws

Prof Pieter Gouws is a professor of Food Microbiology in the Department of Food Science at Stellenbosch University, deputy dean – teaching and learning at the faculty of AgriSciences. He had spent some time as an international research fellow at the University of Nottingham, studying the effects of PCR inhibitors in complex food samples. Prof Gouws is also the South African representative on the International Commission of Food Microbiology and Hygiene (2008 to present).

His current research interests focuses on novel and innovative applications for the detection and control of unwanted bacteria in food, improvement of food safety and food quality, novel processing technologies and antibiotic resistance of foodborne bacteria. He is the author of various scientific papers and train undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of Food Safety. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for Food Safety at Stellenbosch University.

Mr. Vincent Henwood

Mr. Vincent Henwood

Vincent Henwood qualified as a veterinarian in 2010 and took up a position as a state veterinarian with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in the Export Control subprogramme. He was initially the official veterinarian at an export ostrich abattoir for 2 years before transferring to a post dealing primarily with policy in 2012. He is currently responsible for coordinating the Western Cape Veterinary Service's audit programme for companies that export animal products from the Western Cape. Other job functions include auditing of export establishments (meat, dairy, enzymes, hides and skins, ready meals, abattoirs etc), export certification and electronic data management for the subprogramme.

He is also involved in a number of projects and committees with the National Department of Agriculture including the post allocation and monthly reporting for the national Compulsory Community Service (CCS) veterinarians programme, the Livestock identification and traceability committee (LITSSA) as well as the export certification working group. He is in the final stages of completing an MSc (human, animal and environmental health) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Pretoria analysing the risk for Salmonella enteritidis in broiler meat in the Western Cape.

Ms. Linda Jackson

Ms. Linda Jackson

With a background in chemistry and microbiology, Linda Jackson began her career working in quality control and quality assurance in food manufacturing. She holds a M. Tech in Environmental health, specialising in food safety from the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Linda has assisted many food manufacturing companies with the implementation of ISO 9001, HACCP and FSSC 22000. She has audited many suppliers on behalf of major retailers and conducted thousands of hours of food safety training at all levels. She pioneered food safety auditor training in South Africa having developed the first SAATCA registered course. She has conducted IRCA registered training for several certification bodies including BSi – South Africa and Middle East.

She co-founded Food Focus as a website educational platform in an endeavor to extend her reach into the food industry and to be able to assist food companies to win at all aspects of compliance. The latest adventure is foodsafetyculture.co.za – a Food Focus initiative to go beyond compliance to the heart and soul of food safety.

Prof. L Korsten

Prof. L Korsten

Prof Korsten is currently responsible for the food safety research programme within the DST /NRF Centre of Excellence Food Security. She is a chief editor of Crop protection and is chairing the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security. Prof Korsten has addressed Parliament on Food Safety Control and has developed a national framework for Government to develop a Food Control Authority. Prof Korsten developed South Africa's first biocontrol agent for fruit and established a biocontrol research group at the University of Pretoria that has published extensively. Prof Korsten has also established a fruit health group that focuses on food safety of fresh produce and on Sanitary and Phytosanitary aspects related to international trade.

Prof Korsten has focussed her research mainly on complementary fields of postharvest technology and food safety as related to international trade in fresh produce. She has been able to establish research teams in food safety, postharvest technology, biocontrol and mushroom health. As a team they have been able to develop several innovative technologies to reduce disease and prevent product contamination. The value of her research programmes can best be illustrated by the consistent industry financial support. She has published 127 International peer reviewed papers, 48 book chapters, books or fuill length conference papers and 128 Industry papers. The high number of papers presented or published reflects the impact of her research work. She has supervised 51 MSc students, 20 PhD students and 11 Post Docs. Prof Korsten has established a core research team and support staff of five that has been with her for the past 20 Years totally funded by the Industry.

Dr. Baratang Alison Lubisi

Dr. Baratang Alison Lubisi

Dr. Baratang Alison Lubisi obtained her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMCh) degree from the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 1998. She obtained a Master of Science (MSc), Cum Laude, from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2005, and is in the process of completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with UP. She also completed a variety of short courses with various institutions from 1999 to date.

Dr. Lubisi started her career as a research veterinarian at ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute – Exotic Diseases Division, where her duties included performing laboratory diagnostic work for African Swine Fever (ASF) and Foot and mouth disease (FMD), executing animal experiments, and conducting biological security and safety and quality assurance duties. She later became Head of Diagnostics and was appointed as the Head of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) ASF Reference laboratory within the same division. In 2008 Dr. Lubisi joined the ARC-OVI’s Virology Section as its Head and also managed the OIE reference laboratories for Rift valley fever (RVF), a lethal zoonotic disease, lumpy skin disease (LSD), Bluetongue (BT) and African horse sickness (AHS).

She has performed a number of disease outbreak investigations, epidemiological baseline surveys, laboratory capacity evaluation, and laboratory and field personnel training in a number of African countries on behalf of international organizations such as the OIE, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), and Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment & Development (AAAID). Dr. Lubisi has contributed to numerous national and international conferences, meetings and workshops, authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, is a member of 2 editorial boards, and reviews research proposals and articles for international funding bodies and journals.

Her definitive research interest is on host pathogen interactions at cellular and immunological levels, pathogen interaction in co-infection scenarios and effect on the host, and pathogen similarities and differences at biological, physico-chemical and molecular levels.

Dr. Freddie Mahazoasy

Dr. Freddie Mahazoasy

Dr. Freddie Mahazoasy is a mathematician trained in Madagascar (Ecole Normale Supéreure of Antsiranana) and France (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan). He also holds a Master of Sciences in tourism and recreation management from Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan, USA) and did his PHD in Development Economics at Antananarivo University (Madagascar).

He is currently teaching Mathematics for Economics at University of Antsiranana and is one of the six Deputy Chairmen at the Madagascar National Assembly. His area of research essentially focuses on Endogenosu growth theory applied to constructing growth strategy for least developed countries like Madagascar.

Dr. Shirley Micallef

Dr. Shirley Micallef

Dr. Shirley Micallef is an Associate Professor in microbial ecology and safety of fresh produce at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA. Her work focuses on human pathogen-plant interactions using the Salmonella-tomato model, understanding the mutual responses between pathogen and host, and the metabolic landscape Salmonella interacts with on the plant surface.

Her work also evaluates environmental factors and agricultural practices that affect enteric pathogen fate and dispersal in the field and agro-environmental reservoirs of human pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. She integrates her research findings to better understand the plant holobiont, identifying the biotic and abiotic factors that influence plant microbiomes, as an approach to improve food safety.

She has developed national and international collaborations in the area of microbial safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and is part of CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health (funded by the US Department of Agriculture). She has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in botany from the University of Malta, a Ph.D. in microbial ecology from the University of Massachusetts and did postdoctoral training in agricultural/environmental microbiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree, Dr. Micallef spent six years working in Malta as an environmental impact assessor of natural environments proposed for development and of ecologically sensitive areas.

Ms. Mmathaha Mosala

Ms. Mmathaha Mosala

Ms. Mmathaha Mosala obtained her Msc Food Technology degree from the University of Reading in the UK in 1993. Her dissertation focused on the “Dehydration of pasta pellets using a torbed drier”. Her undergraduate mini dissertation written in 1986 at Justus von Liebig College of Chemical Engineering in Magdeburg (former German Democratic Republic) was based on “water and waste water treatment under tropical conditions”. Ms. Mosala also completed a certificate in Community Capacity Building from UNISA.

Ms. Mosala’ started her career as a chemical analyst at Lesotho Pharmaceutical Corporation in 1986 and became a quality controller and later a quality assurance manager at Basotho Canners. The companies were exporters of pharmaceuticals to African countries and canned fruits and vegetables to Europe, respectively. In 1994, Ms. Mosala became a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, Department of Food Science, where she also tutored Food Engineering to Food Science students.

From 1998 till 2001, Ms. Mosala lectured Biochemistry and later Food Chemistry and post-harvest technology at the University of Venda. She joined the Agricultural Research Council, Institute of Agricultural Engineering in 2001 as a Senior Researcher for post-harvest technologies. In 2009 Ms. Mosala joined the ARC’s Vegetables and Ornamental Plants Institute as a Senior Researcher in the agro-processing unit.

Mr. TR Nepfumbada

Mr. TR Nepfumbada

Mr Nepfumbada has received his Msc Agric (Crop Science- 2000), University of Natal, preceded by Bsc Agric (Crop Science - 1995 ) University of Venda in South Africa.

He works an Agricultural Management Advisor in the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (South Africa) from November 2008 to date (Pretoria), Bayer Cropscience: Product: Development Specialist, January 2003 – 2008, Aventis Cropscience: Research Scientist – January 2001 – December 2002 , Rhone Poulenc Agrichem: Field Research Scientist – August 1998 – December 2000.

Prof. PB Njobeh

Prof. PB Njobeh

PB Njobeh, is an Associate Professor of the Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology and heads the Mycotoxin Unit of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, with over 23 Postgraduates (PGs) and postdoctoral fellows (PDRFs) currently under his supervision. His research is in the area of food safety with emphasis on mycotoxins and fungi. He has established research collaborations with various institutions nationally and internationally and is part of the MYTOX_SOUTH consortium, a partnership to improve food security & safety through mitigation of mycotoxins at global level with Ghent University, Belgium as leading partner.

He is equally part of the iZindaba Zokudla, a multi-stakeholder program hosted at UJ aimed at creating opportunities for urban agriculture in a sustainable food system and engaging with the communities in Johannesburg and its environs on food related issues. He has more than 80 publications as book chapters, journal and conference papers and the editor of the upcoming book entitled ‘Fungi and Mycotoxins - Their Occurrence, Impact on Health and the Economy as well as Pre- and Postharvest Management Strategies’ for publication by InTech Publishers.

He is a reviewer for many journals and funding bodies, with a Google Scholar H-index of 13 and 722 citations and Scopus H-index of 11 with 466 citations. Prof Njobeh is a C2 NRF-Rated researcher and has attracted more than 30 million Rand as research grants for UJ.

Dr. Thobela Nkukwana

Dr. Thobela Nkukwana

Dr. Thobela Nkukwana is currently a Senior Lecturer in poultry nutrition and production at the University of Pretoria (UP), Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences. Prior to joining UP she worked as a Senior Researcher in Poultry Nutrition at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) for almost three years. Her academic career begun at the University of Fort Hare as a lecturer, a career move spanning nine years. It was during her tenure at UFH that she embarked on her doctoral studies as part of the NRF capacity building initiative under the PhD track. The PhD was done in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr Nkukwana progressed through the University ranks and held the post of Head of Department (Poultry Science) and also served as a member of Senate, Institutional Forum and Council for three years. She has graduated several postgraduate students; has published widely in international, peer reviewed journals; and serves as a sub-editor for the South African Journal of Animal Sciences (SAJAS). She is a Norman Borlaug Fellow; and is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

As an MSc student, she worked as a Research Assistant at Ukulinga Poultry Section, UKZN; then as a Mono-gastric Nutritionist at NuTecSA (Pty) in Pietermaritzburg after obtaining her MSc. Her research interests are on the use of natural additives and non-conventional grains and oilseeds to promote transparency and traceability towards production of safe and affordable poultry meat and eggs.

Dr. Fundile Nyati

Dr. Fundile Nyati

Dr Fundile Nyati is a Healthcare Entrepreneur who 19 years ago co-founded Proactive Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd {PHS}, a leading ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Employee Health and Wellness service provider in South Africa. He is a qualified Specialist Family Physician who obtained both his Undergraduate medical degree (MBChB), and Post Graduate medical degree (Master of Family Medicine) from the University of Natal Medical School, now known as University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. He has almost 30 years of work experience practising medicine as a family physician in various parts of South Africa, in both rural and urban settings, seeing patients from a diverse demographics background.

He is an established health industry thought leader who has presented in many national and international conferences, receiving high ratings from delegates as an effective speaker in those events, earning him repeat invitations in subsequent conferences or referrals to speak in other similar conferences.

He is a frequent health expert guest or contributor on various media platforms, namely national Television, Radio and Print who shares his original and well-informed views on various medical or health issues like the recent deadly Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa, Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace, and broad health industry topics like the National Health Insurance (NHI).

Prof. Sheila Okoth

Prof. Sheila Okoth

Sheila has over 20 years working with fungi and her research interests are in fungal metabolities, diseases and soil health.

Professional Recognition and Membership of board Member of the Biosafety Appeals Board of Kenya, board Member of the African Women Study Center, University of Nairobi, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), UK, Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development

Synergistic Activities include: President of African Society of Mycotoxicology 2018, First Vice President of the African Society of Mycotoxicology 2015-2018, External faculty at University of Johannesburg, external faculty at Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Hub, International Livestcok Research Institute

Dr. James P. Stack

Dr. James P. Stack

Stack is Professor of Plant Pathology, Executive Director of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), Fellow of the Biosecurity Research Institute at K-State, and Director of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network (GPDN). As Executive Director of NPDN, Stack provides leadership for a national network of over 70 plant diagnostic labs in all fifty states and U.S. territories.

As Director of GPDN, Stack coordinates a nine-state project for the rapid detection and accurate diagnosis of high consequence plant pathogens and pests. He is principal investigator of plant biosecurity projects regarding emerging diseases and high consequence plant pathogens and has collaborated on international biosecurity projects in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Stack’s research interests center on genome-informed diagnostics, pathogen detection and surveillance, pathogen ecology and epidemiology for accidental and intentional introductions of plant pathogens into natural and agricultural plant systems.

Prof. Dov Stekel

Prof. Dov Stekel

Dov Stekel is Professor of Computational Biology in the Division of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Biosciences, at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has 25 years of experience modelling biological and environmental systems, using a range of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches. Dov leads a research programme investigating antimicrobial resistance in the slurry of the dairy farm at the University of Nottingham, that includes microbiology, pharmaceutical analysis, social research and modelling.

Dov has advised the UK Food Standards Agency, DEFRA antimicrobial resistance coordination group, and the international Science and Innovation Network in antimicrobial resistance modelling.

Mr. Francois Stepman

Mr. Francois Stepman

Francois Stepman is currently communication and donor relations manager with the EC/DevCo funded Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD). He has more than 25 years of experience in development co-operation, policy advisory research and capacity building in Southern research institutes. He lived some ten years in Africa where he worked for: the United Nation Programme for Development (UNDP) in Mauritania; Medecins Sans Frontieres South Sudan Medical relief programme in Kenya; the Forum for Agricultural research in Africa (FARA) in Ghana.

He was research adviser in the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister for Development Co-operation in 2013. Over the past 10 years he has been extensively blogging on agricultural issues in Africa (a blog with an average of 20,000 visitors per month) and manages an online community of 9,850 members related to in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in Africa.

Prof. Eduardo Cesar Tondo

Prof. Eduardo Cesar Tondo

Eduardo Cesar Tondo, Full Professor of Food Microbiology and Food Control in the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (ICTA/UFRGS). Graduate at Biological Science, Master's at Microbiology Soil Science, and PhD at Biochemistry and Food Microbiology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Member of Codex Alimentarius Food Hygiene comitee. Published more than 100 scientific manuscripts and is reviewer of more than 25 scientific journals. Supervised more than 160 students at under graduation, master, doctorate and Pos-Doc levels. Consultant of several food industries, food services and Brazilian regulation bodies.