Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Jacob de Boer – Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology and Director of the Department of Environment & Health at the Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Topic: Analysis of emerging persistent organic pollutants in the food chain, and Quasimeme Laboratory Performance Studies

Jacob de Boer obtained a PhD in analytical chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit in 1995. His research group consists of ca. 15 environmental chemists, toxicologists and epidemiologists, eight technicians, 10 teachers and 20 PhD students. Prof. De Boer has worked for many years on the environmental contamination and analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls, flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, PAHs and other contaminants.

In 1998 he won the Excellent Scientist Award of the Wageningen University. In 2015 he was honoured as one of the most cited scientists in his field (Top 1%) according to Thomson & Reuter.

He is an advisor for UN Environment, a member of the QUASIMEME Scientific Assessment Group, of the Certification Advisory Panel of IRMM, EU Joint Research Centre, Geel, Belgium, and of the European Scientific Advisory Panel of the CEFIC Long Range Initiative. In 2013 he was appointed by the Chinese government as National Expert for China under the 1000-talents plan. He has (co)coordinated a number of European research projects, such as for example the ENFIRO project on alternatives for brominated flame retardants and CleanSea, on microplastics in the marine environment, and many research projects for other international organisations and industries. He organised numerous international interlaboratory studies on contaminants. He is a regular reviewer of scientific projects and programmes in various countries.

He has published 220 peer reviewed articles with an average citation of 53.10 per article, among which one paper in Nature and one in Science, two books and 21 book chapters. His H-index is 53. He is editor-in-chief of Chemosphere (Impact factor 5.2) and member of the editorial board of the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. 

Dr Francis Ejobi – Veterinarian and Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology at Makerere University, Uganda

 He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Makerere University, Uganda), Masters in Veterinary Public Health (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and a Ph.D in Environmental Toxicology/Food Safety (University of Saarland, Germany). He is currently a member of Makerere University Senate. He served for 10 years (2006 to 2016) as Head of Department of Biosecurity, Ecosystems and Veterinary Public Health, Makerere University.  His current research interests and passion include One Health approach, antimicrobial resistance and epidemiology of zoonoses (especially, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Brucellosis and Cystic Echinococcosis). With funding from USAID under Emerging Pandemic Threat Threats 1 (EPT 1) project, he developed and operationalized a   One Health Residency program at Makerere University.  He has won many competitive research grants and consultancies from international and national (Uganda) organisations, including, FAO, WHO, IDRC, EU, Caritas Kotido Catholic Diocese and Caritas Moroto Catholic Diocese. He has supervised to completion 45 Masters and 4 Ph.D students. He has published over 64 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous papers in national and international conferences. He is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences (FUNAS), and a certified Environmental Impact Assessor. He is an Evangelical Christian and married with three children. He is a founding   Board Member of Veterinarians Without Borders-Uganda, a registered non-governmental organisation in Uganda.

Dr Holly Erdely – Pharmacologist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (US FDA CVM)

Topic: Establishment of US Tolerances

Holly Erdely has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. For the past 13 years, Dr. Erdely has served as a Pharmacologist in the Division of Human Food Safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, evaluating residue chemistry studies and information in support of the human food safety evaluation of compounds for use in food producing animals. Since 2013, she has served as a technical expert for the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) on residues of veterinary drugs.

Dr Zoltán Mester – Principal Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

Topic: Reference Materials and Methods for Food Safety; a Canadian Perspective   

Dr Mester was born and raised in Hungary. He completed his PhD in chemistry splitting his time between his alma mater in Budapest and ENEA, Rome, Italy. After a short postdoctoral stint at the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1999 he joined the chemistry program of the National Research Council Canada (NRC) in Ottawa. Since 2010 he is heading the inorganic chemical measurement science activities at NRC. His research interest encompasses analytical mass spectrometry, sampling, sample preparation and sample introduction. He is currently serving as the President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of IUPAC. He also represents Canada at the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance which is responsible for the upkeep of the chemists’ SI unit, the mole.

Apart from pure research and international outreach activities he is also involved training the next generation of analytical chemists / chemical metrologists by hosting and working with many students in his lab at NRC over the years and maintaining close relations with various universities including Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and Trent University, Peterborough, Canada where he is an adjunct professor.      

He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, 3 book chapters and edited a book on sample preparation.  Over the years he gave numerous invited, keynote and plenary presentations at various conferences and he lectures regularly at universities and research institutions around world.

Dr Wim Reybroeck – Senior scientist – lab manager at the Technology & Food Science unit within the Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO) (Flemish Ministry of Agriculture)

Wim is a member of different standing committees of the International Dairy Commission e.g. chairman in collaboration with Dr. V. Gaudin (ANSES, FR) of group A10 Guideline for the validation of qualitative screening tests for the detection of residues of veterinary drugs in milk and milk products.

Member of the International Honey Commission since 2002.

Independent honey expert for the European Commission (nomination in August 2007).

He is currently responsible for research concerning the microbiological and immunological detection of antimicrobials in milk, meat, eggs, shrimps and honey; the validation of test kits for the screening for antimicrobial residues and for quality aspects of honey and raw milk.

Dr James Sasanya – Technical Officer (Food Safety), International Atomic Energy Agency (Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture)

Topic: A range of topics including capacity building, networking and applied research relevant to food safety control systems

Dr James Sasanya oversees capacity building and research activities including but not limited to residues and chemical contaminants, natural toxins and microbiological hazards in food and related matrices. He supports developing countries around the world to establish or improve laboratory capabilities leveraging the advantages of nuclear/isotopic and associated technologies. Dr Sasanya also assists countries in establishing national residue or contaminant monitoring programmes for public health and trade. He is keen on building of nationa, regional and interregional food safety. He also supports the setting and implementation of Codex standards, guidelines and codes of practice. Dr Sasanya has training and work experience (of ~25 years) in veterinary medicine, analytical chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, food safety and international relations and is a board certified toxicologist. He has served in the private and public sector (including local government, extension services and academia) and now international civil service.

Prof Gordon S. Shephard – Retired adjunct professor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Medical Research Council

Topic: Risk Analysis of Food Contaminants

Prof Gordon S. Shephard has a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is retired from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, having previously retired from the PROMEC Unit of the South African Medical Research Council.  He has served as consultant and advisor for the FAO, WHO and STDF. He has served on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) for risk assessment of mycotoxins, including aflatoxins and deoxynivalenol, and was vice-chair of the 56th meeting. He has served on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Mycotoxin Research and Food Additives and Contaminants and was section editor for food, human health and analysis of the World Mycotoxin Journal. He acts as regular reviewer on mycotoxin issues for a wide range of journals. He was General Referee for Mycotoxins at AOAC International and serves as reviewer for the AOAC Research Institute. He is a member of the African Experts Committee for Codex Committee on Contaminants. He is a past vice-president of the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM) and has served on various scientific committees for international conferences. Dr Shephard has published widely in the mycotoxin field and has 180 publications on mycotoxin related issues with H-factor of 44.


The provisional programme for the Workshop is as follow:

DAY 1   Monday, 30 November 2020
08h00 – Registration
09h00 – Opening Session
10h00 –  Refreshment Break & Group Photo
10h30 –  Session 1.1: Food Safety is everybody’s business in Africa – but what does it mean?
11h45 –   Session 1.2: Food Safety Systems and role in determining and helping reduce the continent’s food-related disease burden
12h15 –   Lunch
13h15 –   Session 1.3 – Trade: Intra-regional and extra regional
14h00 – Session 1.4 – Risk Analysis and SPS
15h15 –   Refreshment break & industry networking
15h45 –  Session 1.5 – Scientific Capacity and application to regional needs
16h45 –  Session 1.6 – Role of ‘behind-the-scenes’ stakeholders
18h00 – Close of Day 1 – Exhibitor’s Welcome Reception in Exhibition Area (included in registration fee – RSVP essential)

Day 2 – Tuesday, 1 December 2020
08h00 – Session 2.1: Veterinary drug residues; Analytical laboratories, public health and trade
10h00 – Refreshment break & industry networking
10h30 – Session 2.2: Pesticide residues and persistent organic compounds
12h30 – Lunch
13h30 – Poster Session 1
14h30 – Open Discussions
15h30 – Close of Day 2

Day 3 – Wednesday, 2 December 2020
08h00 – Session 3.1: Microbiology (including antimicrobial resistance)
10h00 – Refreshment break & industry networking
10h30 – Session 3.2
12h30 – Lunch
13h30 – Poster Session 2
14h30 – Open Discussions
15h30 – Close of Day 3
19h00  Gala Dinner at Emperors Palace (included in registration fee – RSVP essential)

Day 4 – Thursday, 3 December 2020
08h00 – Session 4.1: Mycotoxins
09h30 – Session 4.2: Toxic Metals
10h45 – Refreshment break & industry networking
11h15 –   Session 4.3: Marine Biotoxins
12h00 – Lunch
13h00 – Session 4.4: Radionuclides (in food and related matrices)
13h40 – Dioxins; other contaminants
14h20 – Open Discussion
15h20 – Poster Session 3
16h00 – Close of Day 4

Day 5 – Friday, 4 December 2020
08h00 – Session 5.1: Discussions on AfCFTA Support
10h00 – Refreshment break & industry networking
10h30 – Session 5.2: Capacity building and reliable testing lab services
12h00 – Close of Workshop
12h30 – Lunch
13h30 – Afrimets TC-QM

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