Regional Commissions

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) has set up five Regional Commissions to express specific problems facing its Members in the different regions of the world. These Commissions can be seen as fully fledged regional institutional bodies.

These Commissions cover the following regions:

Africa

Americas

Asia, Far East and Oceania

Europe

Middle East

Each Regional Commission organises a Conference every two years in one of the countries of the region. These Conferences are devoted to technical items and to regional cooperation in the control of animal diseases.

Regional programmes may be developed to reinforce surveillance and control of major animal diseases, especially for regions where WOAH (founded as OIE) maintains a Regional or Sub-Regional Representation. The Regional Commissions work closely with these Representations.

Regional Commissions report on their activities and submit recommendations to the World Assembly of Delegates.

In May 2021, elections for the Bureaux (President, Vice-Presidents and Secretary General) of the Regional Commissions were held for a three-year term of office. The current composition of the Bureaux is as follows:


Africa

  • Dr Honoré Robert N’lemba Mabela

    President of the Regional Commission for Africa

    KINSHASA  –  Congo (dem. rep. of the)
    About

    Organisation

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêche

    Department

    Direction des Services Vétérinaires

    Contact info

    City

    KINSHASA

  • Dr Mbargou Lo

    Vice-President of the Regional Commission for Africa

    DAKAR  –  Senegal
    About

    Organisation

    Ministère de l'Elevage et des Productions animales

    Department

    Services Vétérinaires

    Contact info

    City

    DAKAR

  • Dr Albertina Shilongo

    Vice-President of the Regional Commission for Africa

    WINDHOEK  –  Namibia
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

    Department

    Veterinary Services

    Contact info

    City

    WINDHOEK

  • Dr Anna Rose Ademun Okurut

    Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Africa

    ENTEBBE  –  Uganda
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

    Department

    Animal Health

    Contact info

    City

    ENTEBBE


Americas

  • Dr Wilmer José Juarez Juarez

    President of the Regional Commission for Americas

    MANAGUA  –  Nicaragua
    About

    Organisation

    Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria (IPSA)

    Department

    Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria (IPSA)

    Contact info

    City

    MANAGUA

  • Dr Ximena Melón

    Vice-President of the Regional Commission for Americas

    BUENOS AIRES  –  Argentina
    About

    Organisation

    Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca

    Department

    Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASA)

    Contact info

    City

    BUENOS AIRES

  • Dr Arnold Dwarkasing

    Vice-President of the Regional Commission for Americas

    WILLEMSTAD  –  Curacao
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Health, Environment and Nature

    Department

    Veterinary Services

    Contact info

    City

    WILLEMSTAD

  • Dr Rosemary Sifford

    Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Americas

    United states of america
    About

    Organisation

    United States Department of Agriculture

    Department

    Veterinary Services


Asia, Far East and Oceania

  • Dr Baoxu Huang

    President of the Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania

    QINGDAO  –  China (people's rep. of)
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

    Department

    Animal Health and Epidemiology Center

    Contact info

    City

    QINGDAO

  • Dr Tony Zohrab

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania

    WELLINGTON  –  New zealand
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry for Primary Industries

    Department

    Policy and Trade Branch

    Contact info

    City

    WELLINGTON

  • Dr Masatsugu Okita

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania

    TOKYO  –  Japan
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

    Department

    Animal Health Division

    Contact info

    City

    TOKYO

  • Dr Ye Tun Win

    Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania

    NAY PYI TAW  –  Myanmar
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation

    Department

    Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department

    Contact info

    City

    NAY PYI TAW


Europe

  • Dr Maris Balodis

    President of the Regional Commission for Europe

    RIGA  –  Latvia
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture

    Department

    Food and Veterinary Service

    Contact info

    City

    RIGA

  • Dr Ulrich Herzog

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for Europe

    VIENNA  –  Austria
    About

    Organisation

    Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection

    Department

    Consumer Health

    Contact info

    City

    VIENNA

  • Dr Vesna Dakovic

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for Europe

    Podgorica  –  Montenegro
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

    Department

    Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phitosanitary Affairs

    Contact info

    City

    Podgorica

  • Dr Vasili Basiladze

    Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Europe

    TBILISSI  –  Georgia
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture

    Department

    National Food Agency

    Contact info

    City

    TBILISSI


Middle East

  • Dr Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Abdelhakim

    President of the Regional Commission for the Middle East

    Giza  –  Egypt
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation

    Department

    General Organization for Veterinary Services (GOVS)

    Contact info

    City

    Giza

  • Dr Sanad Alharbi

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for the Middle East

    RIYADH  –  Saudi arabia
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

    Department

    Livestock Risk Assessment

    Contact info

    City

    RIYADH

  • Dr Samah Al Sharif

    Vice President of the Regional Commission for the Middle East

    MUSCAT  –  Oman
    About

    Organisation

    Muscat Int Airport

    Contact info

    City

    MUSCAT

  • Dr Elias Ibrahim

    Secretary General of the Regional Commission for the Middle East

    BEYROUTH  –  Lebanon
    About

    Organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture

    Department

    Animal Resources Department

    Contact info

    City

    BEYROUTH


Contact

Regional Activities Department 

Email: [email protected]