International Panel

At 10;30 a.m. on June 6, 2018 a panel of international experts will convene to discuss “Global Issues in Animal Mortality Management:  Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned.” This session will include a plenary talk from Dr. Eran Raizman.

Panel Members:

Dr. Eran Raizman, Head of Emergency Prevention System-Animal Health for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy.

Dr. Raizman, native of Israel,  joined FAO as the head of Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health in 2013 after  working for 3 years as an independent consultant for animal health and production development projects funded by USAID, USDA and FAO in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. Dr. Raizman graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile in 1997. After working 3 years as small dairy holder clinician he specialized in dairy production at UC Davis where he also completed Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  In 2001.  He joined University of Minnesota to pursue his PhD and worked as an instructor in veterinary epidemiology. Soon after completing his PhD in 2005, Dr. Raizman joined Purdue University as faculty member, researcher and teaching epidemiology at the school of veterinary medicine where he worked till 2010.


Machebe Ndubuisi Samuel, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Machebe Ndubuisi has his PhD degree in animal physiology and is a senior lecturer at the Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has been active in the area of livestock production, management and disease control in Nigeria. He is presently doing research in domestic animal cloning as a JSPS post-doctoral researcher at Kinki University in Nara, Japan. He plans to share his experience in the application of 3D protocols (depopulation, disposal and decontamination) as strategies for curbing the spread of avian influenza in Nigeria. He hopes to acquire additional knowledge and latest expertise available for managing animal tissues and disease containment during the symposium.

Prysor Williams, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Bangor University, United Kingdom

Prysor Williams is from Bangor University, UK, and he and his team have been involved in research projects on managing livestock mortalities for many years. Much of his work has been funded by industry, but also the Welsh and UK Governments. The work primarily involves assessing the risks to both humans and livestock from the employment of mortality storage and disposal systems currently not permitted under EU regulations. This has led to him being involved in high-level discussions at a EU level about the need to amend the current stringent regulations so as to allow for more cost-effective and biosecure disposal systems to be available for use by industry.

Mohamed Naceur Baccar, DVM, Veterinarian Regional Inspector/Department Head of Regional Observation Unit, National Center of Zoosanitary Vigilance, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia

Dr. Baccar is Veterinarian Regional Inspector and he holds the position of Department Head of the Regional Observation Unit at the National Center of Zoosanitary Vigilance of Tunisia.  In addition to his diploma as a Doctor of veterinary medicine, he has a certificate of specialized studies in animal epidemiology.  Dr. Baccar was at the origin of the diagnosis for the first time in Tunisia serotype 1 of blutongue in sheep in 2006, and for the diagnosis for the first time also the PPR in Tunisia in 2010. He is the general secretary of an association: the Tunisian Veterinary Technical Group. Dr. Baccar bring to the discussion his views on the management of animal mortality in Tunisia and the risk of disease transmission and the role of developing countries in order to transfer the new management technologies.

Duncan Worsfold, Statewide Specialist, Animal Emergency Preparedness, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Australia

Mr. Worsfold lives on a small irrigation farm in the heart of the Goulburn Valley of Victoria, Australia, which is a heavily concentrated dairy and horticulture region. He has been employed within the Animal Health Service of the Victorian State government responsible for agriculture for 20 years, specializing in the 3D work area. Mr. Worsfold has participated in many animal emergencies (field and control centre) including Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, Equine Influenza, Anthrax, Bushfires and Floods. He brings a mixture of eternal optimism, practical experience and problem solving ability to the discussion and he hopes to learn more about other peoples experiences and how this can advance our problem solving in the 3D discipline. Other interests include Australian Rules Football, Fishing and growing corn for dairy farmers.


Heekwon Ahn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Biosystems Science, Chungnam National University, South Korea

Dr. Heekwon Ahn is currently an associate professor at the Chungnam National University in S.Korea. He has conducted various research projects related to animal mortality composting and burial in the U.S. and S. Korea. He will introduce animal mortality disposal standard operating procedures recently revised by S. Korean government after experiencing serious FMD outbreak in 2011.

Van Dang Ky, National Project Coordinator, ECTAD Program, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Vietnam

Last year, Dr. Van Dang Ky was chief of Epidemiology Division Department of Animal Health, MARD, Vietnam. Now he is the coordinator of the national project of the FAO ECTAD Program in Vietnam. Dr. Ky will be attending the symposium to share Vietnam’s experience in preventing zoonotic diseases and he hopes to learn from the experiences of other attendees to improve Vietnam’s disease prevention capability.