Rick Clayton

Rick is the Technical Director for HealthforAnimals, the global industry association, and for AnimalhealthEurope, the European industry association, representing manufacturers of veterinary medicinal products.

Rick has worked for the European industry association since 1997, where his main task is to bring improvements to the European regulatory environment governing veterinary medicinal products (VMPs), through regular dialogue with decision makers within the European institutions and the European medicines regulatory network.  More recently his focus has included bringing more regulatory convergence at a global level in the interests of improving access to veterinary medicines in developing regions.  He is a member of the VICH steering committee (International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of VMPs). In his global role he promotes the  HealthforAnimals objectives for efficient regulatory systems through regulatory regulatory convergence and regulatory best practice.

Prior to joining the industry associations he has worked as a Product Development and Registration Manager for ectoparasiticides. He began his career in the area of clinical diagnostics and antibiotic detection methods and is author of a patent in clinical diagnostics.

In 1982 he graduated from Brunel University, London, with a degree in Applied Biology, and in 1994 he obtained a diploma in Marketing from Cambridge College. He was first author of the chapter on ‘Veterinary Medicinal Products’ in ‘Fundamentals of EU Regulatory Affairs’, published by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) (2002, 2004).  He is an Honorary Life Member of TOPRA (The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs).

Rick Clayton

Technical Director HealthforAnimals & AnimalhealthEurope

His Excellency Eng. Saif Mohammed Rashid Saeed Al Shara Al-Samahi


His Excellency Eng. Saif Mohammed Rashid Saeed Al
Shara Al-Samahi is the Assistant Undersecretary for the
Sustainable Communities Sector and the Acting
Assistant Undersecretary for Food Diversity Sector at the
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
Previously, he held the positions of the Assistant
Undersecretary for the External Audit Sector, the
Assistant Undersecretary for the Agricultural and
Animal Affairs Sector and the Assistant Undersecretary
for the Water Resources and Nature Conservation
Sector at the Ministry of Environment and Water since
His Excellency started his career as an engineer in the
Marine Biology Center – Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries – Umm Al Quwain in 1994, then moved to the
Central Agricultural Region Department – Ministry of
Agriculture and Fisheries – Al Dhaid and became the
Head of Animal Health Department at the Ministry of
Agriculture and Fisheries. He also worked as the Head of
Agricultural Affairs Department, Eastern Agricultural
Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries,
Fujairah, and later as Director of Eastern Region,
Ministry of Environment and Water (formerly Ministry
of Agriculture and Fisheries), Fujairah.
His Excellency is also a member of several committees,
including the UAE’s Circular Economy Council, the
National Wellbeing Council, the National Commission
for Education, Culture and Science, the National
Biosecurity Committee, the UAE National Industrial
Development Committee – the Ministry of Economy,
and the Advisory Committee for the College of
Agriculture – UAE University, and the Board of Trustees
of the Sheikh Khalifa Center for Biotechnology and
Genetic Engineering.
Eng. Saif Mohammed Al Shara holds a bachelor’s degree
in Agricultural Sciences from the UAE University – Al Ain
in 1994.

His Excellency Eng. Saif Mohammed Rashid Saeed Al Shara Al-Samahi

Assistant Undersecretary for the Sustainable Communities Sector and the Acting...

Dr. Kaltham Kayaf

Position: Acting Director of the Animal Health and Development Department, MOCCAEUAE
The first Pharmacist who joint the animal Health field since more than 10years.

Currently the acting Director of the Animal Health and Development Department, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment- United Arab Emirates.

head of the veterinary technical committee for veterinary licenses in UAE

Head of the technical committee of Veterinary products.

The delegate of UAE in the GCC Animal wealth committee.

UAE Focal point for Animal Health and veterinary products to the international organization for animal Health (OIE).

UAE Focal point in Focal point in Antimicrobial resistance in the animal field (FAO- WHO)

Member of national committee of implementation of the international health regulation IHR and Pandemic.

She got the Government Innovation Diploma in 2017.

the main achievements:

The Halalna initiative, where a new work method has been set up, where enforcing the human resources of all the emirates in one day to target one emirates to implement the national immunization program that aims to standardize the type and time of vaccination in all Emirates and maximize the benefit from this the program.

proposed national policies and plans, including the National Animal Health Plan, which was adopted in 2016, which works to eliminate the 4 most important animal diseases of economic priority and contribute to achieving food security

Setting legislation and ministerial decisions in the field of animal health, the most important of which are the Veterinary medicins Law, the Law on Prohibited Items in Horse Racing and the Law on regulate the possession of Dangerous Animals.


Dr. Kaltham Kayaf

Acting Director of the Animal Health and Development Department, MOCCAEUAE

Acting Director of the Animal Health and Development Department, Ministry...

Maryam Al Meeni

Position: Environment and Protected Areas Authority Sharjah

Maryam Al Meeni

Environment and Protected Areas Authority Sharjah

Faisel Almammary

Head of the Veterinary Control Division, holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability I joined the Veterinary Services Department in 2010 as a Veterinary Health Inspection Officer with the tasks of inspecting incoming and outgoing animal feed and food shipments, issuing a veterinary health certificate for exported animal feed and animal food shipments and working on registering the animal food products card. Currently, I work in the position of the head of the Veterinary Supervision Division and I supervise the control and inspection operations of veterinary institutions, examination of meat before and after slaughter and the implementation of reports on stray animals

Faisel Almammary

  Head of the Veterinary Control Division, holder of a...

Dr Mona Al Moussli

Managing Director PRA Consultancy

RR Roberto La Ragione

Position: Fusce vulputate eleifend
Location: MOHAP, UAE

Professor Roberto La Ragione Head of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

On top of his current role, Prof. Roberto is the current Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee, Chair of the Humanimal Trust, a member of the APHA science advisory board and a member of the Houghton Trust. Roberto is the past president of the Med-Vet-Net Association and the Veterinary Research Club. Roberto is an Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (AECVM). In 2020 he was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (HonAssocRCVS).

RR Roberto La Ragione

Fusce vulputate eleifend

Head of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Deputy Head of...

Theo Kanellos

Position: Zoetis
: Zoetis

Theo Kanellos qualified as a veterinarian from the Aristotle University of Thessalonica in Greece and has been awarded an MSc in microbiology and PhD in molecular medicine from the University of London. He also has a business diploma from the Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).

During his career he worked as a clinician, an academic, a governmental official and for the last seventeen years as part of the management within the Pharmaceutical Industry where he has held several strategic roles. He has managed research laboratories, business development and M&A transactions, scientific and multi-functional alliances teams and programmes in several organisations that have led to the spinoff of biotechnology companies, the award of significant scientific grants, the founding of major strategic partnerships and the registration and licensing of successful commercial products and services.

In his current role in Zoetis he establishes business transactions and entrepreneurial partnerships with companies, venture capitalist groups, universities, and governmental institutions, internationally and also is leading the Intergovernmental Tender and Grant Business.

He holds a visiting professorship at the School of Health and Medicine at the University of Surrey and he is a board member in several organisations including the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines in Africa, The Global Antimicrobial Research Innovation Fund, Action Group of the One Health Platform etc. He is ad hoc advisor in several EU and national scientific and veterinary organisations.

He is the author of over 40 peered reviewed papers and his articles, presentations and interviews have also featured in many trade and public media.

Theo Kanellos


  Theo Kanellos qualified as a veterinarian from the Aristotle...

Shabbir Simjee

Chief Medical Officer & Global Regulatory & Technical Research Fellow...

Gavin Hall

A career civil servant who spent the past twenty years working for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (the Regulatory Agency with responsibility for Veterinary Medicines in the UK) in the regulation of veterinary medicines. During this time, until the start of the transition period of the UK Exit from the European Union, I was the UK representative serving on the veterinary Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures (CMDv), a group I chaired between September 2014 and September 2017. I also served as the UK veterinary representative to the Commissions Notice to Applicants Group, attended the quarterly meetings of the EU Heads of Medicines Agencies, and participated in a number of Commission and EU network working groups. Prior to joining the VMD I worked for the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the business improvement division working with quality assurance schemes, benchmarking, process mapping and business process reengineering.


Gavin Hall

UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Ahmed El shafei

Graduated from Zagazig university, Egypt 1997.

Master Degree “Infectious Bronchitis disease “ poultry diseases department 2002.

Ph D degree “Infectious bronchitis disease “ Poultry diseases department 2008.

Work experiences:

Poultry diseases specialist, animal health research institute, Egypt. From 1998 to 2007.

Elanco Animal health 2008 till now.

Currently: ELANCO Regional Poultry Technical Consultant, for the region from Pakistan to Morocco.

24 years experience in poultry industry.

E mail: ahmed.shafei@elancoah.com.

Ahmed El shafei

DVM, MVSc, Ph. D. Elanco

Tariq Taha

Technical assistant OIE

Feras Ramadan

Head of Regulatory Affairs for the TMEA region. Elanco

Dr. Maria Szabo

Dr Mária Szabó obtained her veterinary degree at the Veterinary Science University in Budapest. After some years in Human Neuroscience Research, she worked in the veterinary field.

Before she joined the OIE, she was employed in a French Multinational Company, Ceva-Phylaxia Co Ltd, working as the lead expert on European procedures.

Previously she worked in the Hungarian public sector, as part of a regulatory body known as the Directorate of Veterinary Medicines, for nearly 15 years. During that time she was seconded to London for two years as a National Expert to the European Medicine Agency (EMEA). She acted as a secretary to the Veterinary Mutual Recognition Facilitation Group (VMRFG,), ( later the Co-ordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures, (CMDv)), to the Committee of Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP)-Environmental Risk Assessment Working Group (ERA-WP), and as a project manager for centralised procedures. She represented Hungary in different forums in terms of veterinary medicines.

Since 2015, Mária has been working for the Word Organisation of Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris. She is responsible for the mission of veterinary medicinal products

Dr. Maria Szabo

Project manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Veterinary Products Department, OIE

Erik DeRidder

The HealthforAnimals speaker for “Alternatives to antibiotics, particularly how to improve access to vaccines or novel therapies” – Day 2 at 12:30 (UAE time) 9th of February 2021

Will be

Name:                         Dr. Erik De Ridder

Organisation:            Elanco Animal Health

Department:             Global Regulatory Affairs

Job title:                      Global Regulatory Affairs Director

Direct phone:            +32 3 334 3023

Mobile phone:          +32 475 252 751

Email address:          erik.dr@elanco.com

Erik DeRidder

Director Global Regulatory Affairs Strategy and Policy HEALTHFORANIMALS

Ph.Samah Salama MBA,TQM

Ph.Samah Salama

QM MBA,TQM Head of veterinary medicines registration department , Egyptian drug authority

Ph.Samah Salama MBA,TQM

Head of Veterinary Medicines Registration Dpt , Egyptian Drug Authority

Professor Mohamed Abdeen

Professor Mohamed Abdeen is a veterinarian with more than 20 years’ experience in the animal health industry, he is a professor of Histology and cytology, faculty of veterinary medicine Cairo university and he is currently the General Manager for Zoetis in Egypt and Middle East”

Professor Mohamed Abdeen

Professor Mohamed Abdeen is a veterinarian with more than 20...

Dr Ahmad Zahran

Animal Health and Development Department of MOCCAE - United Arab...

Dr. Nan-Dirk Mulder

Nan-Dirk Mulder is a senior analyst animal protein, and covers the industry from an international perspective. He is based in Rabobank’s headquarter in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Before his appointment at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, Nan-Dirk worked for the Product Boards for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE) and the Agricultural Economic Research Institute (LEI) in the Netherlands.

Since joining Rabobank, Nan-Dirk advises the bank on global commitments in the animal protein sectors. He has also been involved in the bank’s many advisory and research activities in these sectors and has built an in-depth knowledge on key strategic issues in these industries. Nan-Dirk has advised and participated in projects on all continents of the world. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars all over the world.

Nan-Dirk graduated in agricultural economics, marketing and market research from the Netherlands’ Wageningen Agricultural University in 1996.

Dr. Nan-Dirk Mulder

Dr. Nan-Dirk Mulder Rabobank - Sponsored by Elanco

Dr Leopoldo H. Stuardo

Dr Leopoldo H. Stuardo Escobar has broad experience working at national and international level dealing with sanitary negotiations related to trade and in developing international standards and national regulations on animal welfare. Leopoldo has been developed these activities at the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) from the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, at the Chilean Mission to the European Union in Brussels and at the Headquarters of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. Currently, Leopoldo is working at the Standards Department of the OIE, in charge of the animal welfare activities related to the OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Code. Leopoldo holds a DVM from the University of Chile and MSc at the Catholic University of Leuven (LLN).

Dr Leopoldo H. Stuardo

Project manager, Standards Dpt. OIE

Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye

Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye is Senior Advisor, Partnerships, at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). She has over 20 years of international experience in animal health, mostly in the private sector. Isabelle is a Trustee of the NGO GALVmed. She is a Board member at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort (ENVA) and the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland. She is part of the Scientific Council of the Animal Health Department of INRAE. Isabelle holds a DVM from ENVA and obtained her MBA at INSEAD.

Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye

Deputy Director General for Institutional Affairs and Regional Activities office...

Dr Markos Tibbo

Dr Markos Tibbo is the Senior Livestock Development Officer at FAO Sub regional Office for the GCC States and Yemen, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Currently, he is leading projects on transformation of livestock sector through SDGs, conservation of genetic resources, eradication of animal diseases and zoonoses, developing tools for improving biosecurity and preventing pandemics

Dr Markos Tibbo

Senior Livestock Development Officer - FAO

Dr. Alejandro Dorado

Alejandro is a veterinary epidemiologist with experience in the private sector, academia, public health, and international development. He holds a DVM degree from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), and an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology of AMR from Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He joined FAO HQ in Rome early in 2018 where he works as an Animal Health Officer. He coordinates and provides technical support for implementing a number of projects related to AMR, especially in the areas of promotion of good practices, and surveillance and monitoring of AMR / AMU. In his work, he continuously engages with various units/departments at HQs and supports intensively the work in the regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Dr. Alejandro Dorado

Veterinary epidemiologist-Spain

Prof. Dr. Abdul Razik

Int. Camel Dairying Specialist & Consultant Camel4All

PH. Ibrahim Alsmael

Ph. Ibrahim Alismail graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 2013. And started his professional experience as Regulatory Affairs Specialist with Saudi Food and Drug Authority. In 2016, he joined the privet sector as a Regulatory Affairs Manager in Merck, then he joined Procter And Gamble as a Regulatory Affairs and Scientific Office Manager, Currently, he is the Director of Central Registration Program in the Gulf Health Council.

Ph. Ibrahim Alismail is a member in various professional Committees listed as below:

  • Member in Gulf Drug Central Registration and Policy Committee.
  • Member in Gulf Pharmaceutical Price Unifying Committee.
  • Member in Gulf Medical Device Central Registration and Policy Committee.
  • Member in Gulf Products Classification Committee.
  • Member in Gulf Veterinary Drug Central Registration and Policy Committee.
  • Member in Veterinary Drug Registration Committee (Saudi FDA).
  • Was a Member in Marketing and Promotion of Pharmaceutical Products Committee (Saudi FDA).
  • Was a Member in Classification and Listing Products Committee (Saudi FDA).

His areas of interest include Pharmaceutical Regulations, Policy, Quality, Post Marketing Surveillance and Pharmaceutical Pricing.

PH. Ibrahim Alsmael

Director of Central Registration Program in the Gulf Health Council.

Abdallah Sallam

Position: Zoetis
Location: MOHAP, UAE

Abdallah Sallam is a veterinarian graduated from Faculty of veterinary medicine – Cairo University with 11 years working experience in Animal Health  pharmaceutical industry. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Faculty of veterinary medicine Cairo university. He worked as Microbiologist at National Organization for Drug Control and Research in Egypt and he is currently Regulatory Affairs Lead for Egypt and Middle East at Zoetis the world Animal Health Leader.

Abdallah Sallam


Abdallah Sallam is a veterinarian graduated from Faculty of veterinary...

Fatma AlOtaib

Manger Dubai Municipality Veterinary Services Dubai Municipality