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).


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.

Dr. Kaltham Kayaf

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.




Maryam Al Meeni

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

RR Roberto La Ragione

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).

Theo Kanellos


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.

Shabbir Simjee

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.