The OIE Director – General has appointed Dr Samuel Wakhusama as Deputy Sub-Regional Representative for East Africa and the Horn of Africa. Samuel “Sam” is a Kenyan veterinarian with post-graduate training up to PhD level with over 30 years working experience in the public sector, NGO sector and International Organizations in the East Africa region.
He worked with the with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) from September 1981 to September 2000 rising through the ranks from Research Officer (RO) to Chief Veterinary Research Officer (CVRO). In 2000 he moved to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) as the Afri-Center Director and went on to work for other regional and international organisations such as the Terra Nuova – COOPI – UNA consortium, FAO, USAID in many of the East African countries, including the Somali Animal Health Services Project (SAHSP). He has worked on numerous diseases including leptospirosis, helminthiases, surveillance for rinderpest in Somalia and for HPAI in the East African region, which led him in July 2009 to become the AU-IBAR Continental Coordinator for the EU-funded “Vaccines for the Control of Neglected Animal Diseases in Africa” (VACNADA) project. He is currently the AU-IBAR Regional Coordinator for IGAD of the “Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa” (VET-GOV) Project.
Sam takes up his position on September 1st, 2015 and can be contacted here : [email protected]