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Dr. Ahmed El Idrissi

Dr. Ahmed El Idrissi is a former Senior Animal Health Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II (IAV Hassan II), Rabat Morocco. He holds a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from University of Minnesota, USA, in addition to several professional certificates from different academic and research institutions in USA, France, Germany and Canada.

Dr. El Idrissi joined FAO in 2002 where he held several animal health responsibilities within the Animal Production and Health Division to develop strategies and policies for improved prevention, detection and response to high impact transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases, and to bring forward the global perspective of animal health within FAO's mandate in support of member countries. He specifically worked for several development and emergency programmes in Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, and other regions. He also worked for several coordination initiatives under the Tripartite partnership with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote One Health approach for addressing disease threats at the human, animal, and environmental interface, strengthening health systems and fostering Global Health Security. After retirement in January 2019, Dr El Idrissi worked for three years as senior advisor for the FAO Chief Veterinary Officer on several On Health programmes and initiatives.

Before joining FAO Dr El Idrissi worked as a professor of microbiology and infectious diseases at the IAV Hassan II in Morocco.