Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Ian Peter Busuulwa joins WOAH as Project Officer – Biological Threat Reduction


Mr. Ian Peter Busuulwa


Mr. Ian Peter Busuulwa officially joined the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) on 1 March, 2023, as Project Officer – Biological Threat Reduction based at the WOAH Sub-Regional Representation in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ian’s role is to support the implementation of activities relevant to WOAH’s Biological Threat Reduction (BTR) Strategy in Africa. More specifically, he will support the Africa-centric activities of the Fortifying Institutional Resilience Against Biological Threats (FIRABioT) project, funded by Global Affairs Canada. He will further support the coordinated engagement of the animal health sector in the G7 Global Partnership’s Signature Initiative to Mitigate Biological threats in Africa (SIMBA).

Through the FIRABioT project, WOAH aims to develop an organisation-wide sustainable emergency management system allowing it to respond to events linked to deliberate or accidental releases of biological pathogens in an agile and efficient manner, incorporating the technical response to an emergency and ensuring business continuity.

A Ugandan citizen, Ian is a biotechnologist with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda) and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from KIIT University in India. He has vast experience in science policy and communication in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity, agricultural biotechnology, and the bioeconomy.

Ian joins WOAH from Synbio Africa where he supported the implementation of a Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs) Initiative that aimed at building Africa’s capacity to prevent and manage GCBRs. He looks forward to contributing to building capacity in emergency management and overall biological threat reduction across Africa.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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