Mahamat Fayiz Abakar, BSc, MSc, PhD
Mahamat Fayiz Abakar, President, AfBSA
Mahamat Fayiz Abakar, is a Senior scientist, assistant professor (Chargé de recherche, CAMES), Head of virology and molecular biology units, Biosafety, and biosecurity officer at Institut de Recherche en Elevage pour le Développement (IRED), in N’Djamena, Chad.
Dr. Abakar is an epidemiologist and public health specialist (MSc and PhD) trained at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), University of Basel, (Switzerland). His doctoral dissertation (PhD) focused on the development of an integrated human and animal health surveillance system in a "One Health" context. He is currently implementing this innovative health surveillance-response approach on a small-scale in several rural health districts in Chad within Surveillance-response to zoonotic diseases training programme at Afrique One ASPIRE research programme (www.afriqueoneaspire.org). In addition to that, Dr. Abakar has gained over a decade of experience working at IRED on zoonotic diseases, including rabies, rift valley fever, brucellosis, and avian influenza, among others.
A Biosafety and Biosecurity expert recognized in the Africa region and beyond. He is currently a member of the Scientific council and the National health coordination in charge of management and control of COVID19 pandemic in Chad.
He has more than a dozen of publications in peer-reviewed international journals in addition to participation in several national and international scientific events.
Anastasia Natasha Trataris-Rebisz
Anastasia Natasha Trataris-Rebisz, Vice President, AfBSA
Anastasia Trataris-Rebisz is a biorisk management specialist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Medicine degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently in the process of completing a PhD at the University of Pretoria. She has 14 years’ experience working at the NICD, 11 and a half of which were spent working as a medical scientist in a high containment (BSL-3) laboratory (BSL3) working with select agents such as Bacillus anthracis, Brucella spp. and Yersinia pestis. She is responsible for the drafting of various biosafety and biosecurity policies, as well as implementing and overseeing institutional legislative compliance. She serves on the Institutional Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee (IBBC) and is chairperson of the NICD Health and Safety Committee (HSC). She is hold two IFBA certifications in Biorisk management and Biosecurity, is an alum of the Global Mentorship Program where she now serves as a Mentor for the program. She is an experienced and enthusiastic trainer for IATA shipping of dangerous goods and Advanced Biorisk Management. She serves in other roles related to biorisk management, which include, but are not limited to the following: member of the national WHO JEE, National Action Plan for the Implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR), Biosafety and Biosecurity Technical Working Group; Secretary of the South African Biorisk Association (SABA); member of the Biological Weapons Working Committee (BWWC) of the South African Council for The Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NPC); BSL3 Facility inspector under the National Department of Health in enforcing Regulation 178. She is often called upon by the National Department of Health as a subject matter expert of Biosafety and Biosecurity and has presented on efforts of the Southern African Regional Collaborating Center (Africa CDC) at the 2019 MX3 Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Abiodun A. Denloye
Professor Abiodun A. Denloye, Honorary Secretary, AfBSA
Abiodun A. Denloye is a Professor in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology at Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria. He is specialized in Medical and Applied Entomology with strong passion for Biosafety and Biosecurity Risk (Biorisk) Management. He studied at Lagos State University (LASU) (B. Sc. Hons) and University of Lagos (M. Sc, Ph. D), Nigeria. Professor Denloye served as a Reporter/Researcher and rose through the ranks to become Associate Editor with the defunct Concord Group covering Science, Health and Environment issues before he joined the academia on full time. He has collaborated with academics across various departments including Fisheries, Chemistry and Botany LASU and other universities as well as researchers at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Lagos and the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja for studies on insecticidal potency of plant natural products, environmental toxicology, pollution, and management of biomedical wastes for over 20 years. His pioneering efforts contributed to the formation of the Nigeria Biological Safety Association (NiBSA) in 2010. He was the pioneer Secretary of NiBSA, former Vice President and now the President. He is a well-grounded in Biosafety and Biosecurity expert as an International Foundation for Biosafety Associations (IFBA) Certified Biorisk Management Professional, IFBA Certified Biosecurity Professional, and Certified Biorisk Management trainer with access to the Global Biorisk Management Curriculum (GBRMC) Library. Also, he is a certified Trainer and Shipper of Biological Samples, he is well versed in deploying the science and skills underpinning decision-making in respect of the biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), having trained at different times at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy. He creates time to engage in birding, and enjoys reading writing, and travelling as his hobbies. His forte is service, creating platforms for people to express themselves and bringing up opportunities in place of despair. He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of Nigeria (FESN), Fellow of the Nigerian Biological Safety Association (FNiBSA) and Fellow of the Society for Educational Administrators of Nigeria (FSEAN).
Dr Larbi BAASSI, PhD, IFBA-CP
Larbi Baasi, PhD, IFBA-CP, Honorary Treasurer, AfBSA
Dr Larbi Baassi is a Biosafety coordinator at the National Institute of Hygiene (NIH) in the Ministry of Health of Morocco. He has been working more than 20 years at NIH as Biologist Engineer. Dr Baassi has been in charge of the laboratory coordinating unit for the International Health Regulations (IHR) implementation and, he is also a Biorisk Management trainer for Public Health Laboratory workers. He holds a Ph.D in Immunology from Mohamed V University of Rabat, and he is Certified Professional on Biorisk Management and Biosecurity by the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA). Dr Baassi has been Treasurer of The Moroccan Society of Genomics and Human Genetics (SM2GH), since 2019 and is also former Deputy Secretary General of Moroccan Association of Biological Safety (AMBS).
Dr Nabila Seridi, PhD
Dr Nabila Seridi, PhD, Representative, North Africa, AfBSA
Dr Nabila Seridi, is a lecturer-researcher at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algiers and her background is molecular genetics. She has worked for more than 16 years on leishmaniasis and currently her research field is mainly biotechnology. Since 2014, she provides training on good laboratory practices and animal experiments. She is vice-president of the ethics committee of the Algerian Association of Sciences in Animal Experimentation (AASEA).
Internationally, she was a Founding member of the African Biosafety Association (AfBSA) and a Council member for the North African region. She became a certified national expert after training at the European Union's CBRN Risk Mitigation Initiative Centres of Excellence. She was a partner in the MENA IV Twinning Program, conducted under the Biorisk Management Consultant Development and Mentoring Program organized by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL / IBTR).
Since 2017, she has been involved in the Biorisk Management Network within the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA / BIORIM network).
Since 2018 until now, she is a member of the International Engagement Committee IEC) of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA International).
Dr. Ibrahima Baber, PhD
Ibrahima Baber - Western Africa Representative, AfBSA
Dr Baber is a medical entomologist working mainly on malaria vectors. From May 2015 up to present, he was the Chief of Party for Vectorlink | PMI project on malaria vector monitoring implemented in Liberia by Abt Associates Inc. He spent 10 years working on research projects at Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) in Mali before joining Vectorlink. For two years (2002-2004), he was working as vector control manager in Chad Republic for International SOS on ExxonMobil Oil field.
Ibrahima has a BSc in biology and PhD from University of Bamako, Mali, and MSc in Entomology from University Chekh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal. He is a founder member of Malian Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity [ www.ambios.org ] and a long standing member of African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA).
Dr. Seraphine Esemu, PhD
Seraphine Esemu - Representative for Central Africa, AfBSA
Dr. Seraphine Esemu is a Medical Microbiologist and currently a Lecturer at the Faculty of Science, University of Buea. She also has extensive experience working as a biosafety officer for the past 12 years. She is currently the Biosafety Officer for the Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases (LEID), University of Buea.
Dr Martin Bundi, PhD
Martin Bundi - Representative for Eastern Africa, AfBSA
Dr. Martin Bundi is an Assistant Principal Research Scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He has over 10 years research experience in enteric infectious diseases with focus on Vibrio cholerae, enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and rotavirus to understand their phenotypic and genetic characters and inform control strategies. Since 2010 he has supported NUITM-KEMRI’s annual biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) training program by training new BSL-3 laboratory users on facility procedures, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity management. He previously served as Principal Biosafety Officer at the National Biosafety Authority (NBA), Kenya and was actively involved in biosafety capacity building activities, inspection and accreditation of GMO research facilities to ensure compliance to the biosafety laws and coordinating health, safety and environmental (HSE) matters at the Authority. Dr. Bundi is a Certified Professional in Biorisk Management, Certified Professional in Biosecurity by the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) and is currently serving as an IFBA global mentor in the 2020-2021 Global Mentorship Program cycle. He holds a PhD degree in Medical Science from Nagasaki University, Japan, an MSc. degree in Biotechnology and a BSc. degree in Biochemistry both from Kenyatta University, Kenya and has published his research works in international peer-reviewed journals.
Juliana Kinkese - Representative for Southern Africa, AfBSA
Juliana Kinkese is Principal Biomedical Scientist in the Ministry of Health Zambia based at Lusaka Provincial Health Office. She has a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She has served the Ministry of Health at various levels including under Policy directorate. Currently she is responsible for Coordinating and supervising Public Health laboratories in Lusaka Province. She is actively involved in biosafety capacity building activities at National level. She is one the trainers in Biosafety and Biosecurity at National Level.
With the current Covid 19 situation, she is part of the Incident Management Systems (IMS) committee, overseeing the laboratory component.
Juliana is one of the founding members of AfBSA. She has previously served in the Council as Honorary Secretary.