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BCH Regional Advisors for Africa

UNEP - Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC)

 

Dr. Hope Webber
Ghana
Language: English,Dutch,French,Bulgarian,Russian
Responsible for ICT Education and Research at Masters and PhD levels. Managing Professors, Lecturers, Head of Administration, Techno-Facility Manager, Systems Administrator and support staff. Developing institutes strategies and policies. Acquisition of research projects and financial means. Developing good relationships with local and international organizations, sponsors and government bodies.Vice Chair of the management team, academic board and member of the executive board.      
 
Ossama A. ABDEL-KAWY
Egypt
Languages: English, French and Arabic

English version: Ossama Abdel Kawy is an international expert on Biosafety, Biodiversity Conservation and related multilateral environmental agreements. He has long experience with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, being a UNEP-GEF Cartagena Protocol Regional Advisor. He has experience with the domestication of the protocol at national level having served as an International Biosafety System Expert in many countries.
In terms of education, Ossama holds a Ph.D. of Microbiology and Immunology, Cairo University; Diploma of Total Quality management, American University in Cairo; Diploma of Genetic Engineering, Scientific Informatics Research Academy. Additionally he attended several computer related
courses, and holds a Professional Diploma in Web Design.
He is experienced in training both formally (in educational institutions) and informally in training seminars and workshops on issues related to Risk Assessment of GMOs, Biotechnology, Biosafety, Biodiversity, Comprehension of the Cartagena Protocol and Implementation of Biosafety systems. He widely traveled on official business to many countries worldwide and used to working in a multicultural and diverse environment.

Version Française: Ossama Abdel Kawy est un expert international spécialisé en matière de la prévention des risques biotechnologiques, la Conservation de la diversité biologique et les accords multilatéraux concernant l'environnement. Il est familier avec le Protocole de Cartagena concernant la biosécurité ayant servi comme un PNUE-FEM Conseiller régional de Protocole de Cartagena. Il a une expertise avec la domestication du protocole au niveau national ayant servi comme un consultant international de systèmes de biosécurité dans de nombreux pays.
Ossama est titulaire d’un Ph. D. en Microbiologie et Immunologie, Université du Caire ; Diplôme de Management de Qualité Totale, Université Américaine au Caire ; Diplôme de Génie Génétique, Académie de Recherche et de Sciences de l'Informatique. En plus, il est titulaire d’un diplôme professionnel de webdesign.
Il a une énorme expérience dans la formation formelle (dans les établissements d'enseignement) et informelle (des séminaires et ateliers de formation) sur des questions liées à l'évaluation des risques des OGM, la biotechnologie, la biosécurité, la diversité biologique, la compréhension du Protocole de Cartagena et la mise en œuvre des systèmes de prévention des risques biotechnologiques. Il a beaucoup voyagé en missions officielles pour de nombreux pays à travers le monde et a l'habitude de travailler dans un environnement multiculturel et diversifié.

 
Professor Mohamed Elyès KCHOUK
Tunisia
Languages: Arabic, French, English, Italian

Prof. Mohamed Elyès Kchouk a un Doctorat d’Etat es Sciences Biologiques (2000). Il est chercheur senior au Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj Cedria (CBBC, Tunisia). Il a travaillé sur la variabilité d’espèces sauvages apparentées à des fourrages (1979-1982), sur la conservation et la cytogénétique des blés durs (1982-1990), sur la transformation génétique de l’artichaut (1990-2000), puis sur les plantes aromatiques et médicinales (200-2010). Il dirige actuellement une start-up sur l’extraction de composés naturels. En tant que professeur invité, il donne des cours de Génétique des Populations et d’Amélioration des Plantes au Mastère d’Ecologie des Végétaux à l’Université de Sfax, Tunisie, depuis 2003. Mohamed est président du Comité Technique Consultatif du Réseau Africain d’Expertise en Biosécurité (ABNE), membre du Mécanisme de Coordination de l’Initiative Taxonomique Mondiale, membre du Conseil de BioNET-International, Coordinateur Régional du réseau Nord-Africain de Taxonomie de BioNET-International (NAFRINET), président de l’ATUTAX (Association Tunisenne de Taxonomie), membre de la Fédération des Plantes Aromatiques et médicinales du Monde Arabe, ancien boursier du Programme Mondial de l’Environnement de Watson (2003, Institut Watson des Etudes Internationales), et BIARI-TEM 2010 de l’Université de Brown, participant du projet de recherche en Entreprenariat de BIARI. Mohamed est auteurs de plusieurs publications dans le domaine des ressources Génétiques, de la Biotechnologie Végétale et des Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales. Il a publié avec le Dr Abdallah Bari de l’IPGRI (actuel Bioversity International) une base de données automatisée sur la Flore de Tunisie. Mohamed a été Conseiller Régional pour l’Afrique (Protocole de Cartagena pour la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques) au cours du Projet BCH-I (2005-2009) et a réalisé plusieurs activités de formation sur l’utilisation du BCVH à l’échelle nationale, régionale et mondiale.

Prof. Mohamed Elyès Kchouk has a PhD in Biological Sciences (2000). He is a senior researcher at the Centre of Biotechnology of Borj Cedria Technopark (CBBC, Tunisia). He worked on the variability of wild forage relatives (1979-1982), on conservation and cytogenetics of durum wheats (1982-1990), on the genetic transformation of globe artichoke (1990-2000), then on the aromatic and medicinal plants (2003-2010). He is actually piloting a start-up on the extraction of natural compounds. As an invited professor, he is delivering master lectures on Population Genetics and Plant Breeding at the University of Sfax, Tunisia, since 2003. Mohamed is Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), member of the Coordination mechanism of the Global taxonomic Initiative, member of BioNET-International Board, Regional Coordinator of the North African Network of Taxonomy (NAFRINET), President of ATUTAX (Association Tunisenne de Taxonomie), member of the Arab Federation on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, former Watson Scholar of the
 
Sagomba RUDO
Zimbabwe
Language: English
Rudo Sagomba holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Rudo works for the Zimbabwe BCH Competent National Authority as the IT Manager. She has a more than ten years of experience in software development and management, Network, hardware and Training.
Rudo has been Regional Advisor during Phase I of BCH Project (BCH-I) and have facilitated national workshops on the use of BCH in several African countries such as Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana.
She was also a trainer for BCH-I regional meetings in Cairo (Egypt) for the group of Hispanic and Lusophone Countries.
Rudo has also participated as an instructor at national workshops and events on the use of the Biosafety Clearing House.
 
Maclaud MAFAITI
South Africa
Language: English
Lead PCI Data security services: gap analysis assessments and certification assessments.
Provide subject matter expertise on security controls and PCI DSS controls and general security best practice
Interpret PCI DSS requirements into realistic business oriented long term security controls
Define and Validate key information security management procedures to obtain and maintain compliance
Develop an information security compliance road map for clients for PC] DSS and other standards         compliance.
Managing security consulting, project engagement lifecycle, project definition, data gathering and report writing Analysis of the security settings for all platforms according to standards specified and reporting of problem areas identified to management.
Advise on information security compliance activities relating to the Payment Card Industry Data Protection
Standard (PCI DSS) and other compliance requirements
 
Chantal Nicole ANDRIANARIVO
Madagascar
French, English

French Version
Chantal ANDRIANARIVO est diplômée en Sciences Biologiques Appliquées – Physiologie Végétale et Biologie des Organismes. Elle est experte en conservation de la biodiversité. Elle est actuellement responsable de la recherche et de la Biodiversité au sein de son institution.
Elle a été Coordinateur du projet « Elaboration du Cadre National de Biosécurité » et du projet BCH-I. Elle est actuellement Point Focal Assistant du Protocole de Cartagena pour Madagascar et Coordonateur National du Projet PNUE / GEF « Appui à la Mise en œuvre du Cadre National de biosécurité » à Madagascar. Elle a participé à la COP-MOP 1 à Kuala Lumpur.
Elle a été Conseiller Régional dans le projet BCH-I au cours duquel elle a animé divers ateliers de formation pour des représentants gouvernementaux et non gouvernementaux concernant l’utilisation du centre d’échange pour la biosécurité (BCH). A ce titre, elle a visité des pays africains comme le Burundi et les Comores. Elle a également été formatrice lors des rassemblements régionaux du projet BCH I  au Caire (Egypte) pour le groupe des pays hispanophones et lusophones et à Bonn pour le groupe des Petits Etats insulaires anglophones et les pays anglophones

English Version
Chantal ANDRIANARIVO is graduated in Applied Biological Sciences - Plant Physiology and Biology of Organisms. She is expert in biodiverity conservtion  and is currently responsible of research and biodiversity within her institution.
She was coordinator of the "Development of National Biosafety Framework" project and the BCH Project I. She is presently Alternate Focal Point of the Cartagena Protocol for Madagascar and National Coordinator of the UNEP / GEF project: "Support to the Implementation of National Biosafety Framework in Madagascar”.  She participated in the COP-MOP 1 in Kuala Lumpur.
She has been Regional Advisor in the BCH-I and participated as instructor in several national workshops for government and non government officials on the use of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH). She facilitated trainings in African countries such as Burundi and the Comoros. She was also a trainer for BCH-I regional meetings  in Cairo (Egypt) for the group of Hispanic and Lusophone Countries and in Bonn for  Small Island States and English-speaking countries group.

 
Charles Aubin Kouassi
Côte d’Ivoire
Language: English, French

Charles Aubin Kouassi est spécialiste en TIC avec plus de 12 années d’expérience professionnelle. Il a une connaissance importante de la mise en œuvre des systèmes TIC et de la formation au niveau national et international. Il est ingénieur réseau Informatique et Télécommunications et détient la plupart des certificats Microsoft (MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP) avec une expérience en support matériel et logiciel. Conseiller régional en Technologie de l’information au cours du Projet BCH-I, il a animé plusieurs ateliers de formation sur l’utilisation du Centre d’Echanges pour la Biosécurité (BCH) dans plus de 15 pays africains (Niger, Cap Vert, Cote d’Ivoire, Algérie, Tunisie, Burkina Faso, Gambie, Tchad, République Centrafricaine, Guinée Bissau, Gabon, Djibouti...)

Charles Aubin Kouassi is an IT Specialist with more than 12 years of professional experiences. He has a valuable knowledge on ICT systems implementation and training delivering at both national and international levels. He holds an engineering degree in Computer and Telecommunications networks and most Microsoft certificates (MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP) with a significant experience in hardware and software support. He has been regional Advisor for the BCH-I where he has gathered worldwide experience in more than 15 countries; designing and conducting biosafety training workshops on the use of BCH.

 
Ms. Rachel Shibalira
Kenya
Languages: English
Ms. Rachel Shibalira holds a bachelors degree in Law and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Management. She is also a trained Legislative Drafter with over ten years experience. She has been involved both at the national and international level on the development of legal frameworks for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Rachel has been involved as a representative of her country in the negotiations at the COP-MOP meetings, more specifically on the negotiation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.
Rachel has been Regional Advisor on Cartagena protocol during Phase I of BCH Project (BCH-I) and have facilitated national workshops on the use of BCH in several African countries.
 
Mr. David Hafashimana
Uganda
Language: ENGLISH

Dr. Hafashimana  holds a BSc. (Forestry) of Makerere University – 1987; a MSc in Plant Biodiversity and Taxonomy (Edinburgh University) – 1994 and PhD Makerere University (majoring in Forest Biodiversity) – 2004.

His working experience is in Forestry, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecology, Biosafety and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. He has represented Uganda in meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and all the negotiations associated to the Cartagena Protocol for the past 15+ years.

He has been a Biodiversity and Biosafety consultant both at national, regional and international levels, spanning a number of countries and national, regional and international organizations. He has been a Regional Advisor on Biosafety under the UNEP/GEF Project on assisting eligible countries participate in the Biosafety Clearing House. He is widely traveled both in Africa and worldwide.

 
Lilian Munyah NFOR
Cameroon
Language: English, French
Lilian Munyah NFOR holds a Master in Environmental Law and Management with research on biosafety from University of Wales U.K. 2003; LLB (Hons.) majoring Common Law with Management minor, University of Buea 1996; and, “Licence en Droit Public”, University of Yaounde Cameroon 1988. She has undergone various short-term training activities on biosafety, biodiversity, the environment and legal drafting, in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America
She has thirteen years experience in biosafety. As close collaborator of National Biosafety Project in Cameroon, Lilian had participated in the process of elaboration of Cameroon Biosafety Law enacted 2003, and took part in drafting its implementation texts. She has been resource person on legal issues in various biosafety awareness and training workshops, targeting various sectors of the public, including researchers, parliamentarians, pedagogic inspectors, NGOs, youth, women and other stakeholders in Cameroon. As BCH-I CPB Regional Advisor from 2006 to 2008, and as ICGEB Biosafety Specialist from 2009 t0 2011, she has been involved in the organisation of biosafety capacity building workshops at the regional level.
Lilian had been Cameroon’s representative in negotiations relating to implementation of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety including identification requirements for LMOs-FFPs, liability and redress, and COP-MOP, in different parts of the world. She was ICGEB’s representative to COP-MOP5 in 2010. Was in Working Group on Biotechnology/Biosafety Planning Process for West and Central Africa, coordinated by CORAF in 2004. Was a resource person on legal issues in regional and international expert meetings on biosafety and genetic resources management (ABS).
With her active involvement, travelling widely in Africa and around the world, Lilian has accumulated professional experience in issues of capacity building, cooperation, policy, and legislation in biosafety, biodiversity and the environment.
 
Lamine SANO
Ivory Coast
Languages: English, French

Lamine Sano is a Sr. expert and consultant in ICT, primarily with the U.N. system and the European Union projects, and has about 20 years of experience in the financial and telecommunications industries. He holds a BA in Mathematics/Computer Science and a MS in Telecommunications Management respectively from Jersey City State College, Jersey City, N.J.,U.S.A. and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.,U.S.A., where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Telecommunications Management.
He joined the BCH project from its inception, back in 2005, and since then, has developed a good level of expertise in the field of biosafety, especially as it relates to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Clearing-House.  In his capacity as a BCH Regional Advisor, he facilitated numerous workshops and training activities at the global (Curitiba 2006, Bonn 2008 COP-MOP), regional (Egypt, South Korea, Geneva 3rd ToT), and national (25 African countries and Haiti) levels.
He is fully fluent in both English and French.
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Lamine Sano est un expert et consultant dans le domaine des NTICs, principalement sur des projets du système des Nations Unies, de L’Union Européenne, et dispose d’environ 20 ans d’expérience dans les industries de la finance et des télécommunications.  Il est titulaire du diplôme de Bachelor en Mathematiques/Informatique et du diplôme de Masters en NTIC, respectivement de Jersey City State College, Jersey City, N.J., U.S.A. et de Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.,U.S.A., ou il est également doctorant en NTIC.
Il a rejoint le projet dès ses débuts, en 2005, et depuis, il a acquis un bon niveau d’expertise dans le domaine de la biosécurité, surtout en ce qui concerne le protocole de Cartagena sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques et du centre d’échange pour la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (BCH).  En sa capacité de conseiller régional BCH, il a animé un grand nombre d’ateliers et d’activités de formation aux niveaux global (COP-MOP Curitiba 2006, Bonn 2008), régional (Egypte, Corée du Sud, 3ie ToT à Genève), national (25 pays Africains et Haiti).

Il est parfaitement bilingue en Français et Anglais.

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