UAE Fourth Biosecurity Conference


Towards Sustainable Biosecurity

Target Audience

Governmental and local authorities, private sectors and academic institutions both in the UAE and abroad

Conference Themes

  • First Topic: Best Practices in Biosecurity
  • Second Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Innovations in Biosecurity

Conference Goals

  1. Dissemination and promotion of national awareness and capacity-building in biosecurity
  2. Opportunities to exchange expertise and science and to benefit from biosecurity potential
  3. A national platform for knowledge and ideas on biosecurity developments
  4. Access to key international and national biosecurity issues and concerns
  5. Promote effective communication between local, regional and international bodies in the areas of biosecurity
  6. To promote the regulatory and regulatory role in biosecurity


  • First Day

    1. Scientific and technological developments relevant to challenges, problems and solutions in global biosecurity
    2. Capacity building of biosafety laboratories
  • Second Day

    1. Risk assessment of genome editing
    2. Strengthening preparedness and response capacity for biological events

Location and Time

  • Dubai / Grand Hayat Hotel
  • 28-29 October 2019

Speakers within the country

  • bio-speakers Captain Expert Khudooma Saeed ALnuaimi Abu Dhabi Police General Directorate,
  • bio-speakers Prof. Magdi Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • bio-speakers Dr. NORA NOGRADI Dubai Equine Hospital
  • bio-speakers Prof. Abdelmalik Ibrahim Khalafalla Abu Dhabi Agriculture and food Safety Authority
  • bio-speakers Dr. Farida Ismail Al Hosani Health Authority - Abu Dhabi
  • bio-speakers Dr. Khawla Saeed Al Hattawi Rabdan Academy- Abu Dhabi
  • bio-speakers Dr. Rasha Salama Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • bio-speakers Dr. MOHAMMED ALHOSANI Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
  • bio-speakers Ms.Hiba Alshehhi Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • bio-speakers Mr. ALI Mohamed ALKAABI National emergency crisis and disaster authority
  • bio-speakers Ms. Fatma Alateibi Dubai Municipality
  • bio-speakers Engr. Mohammad Saied Husni Khrissat Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer)

International Speakers

  • bio-speakers Professor Charles D Mackenzie BSc, DVSc, PhD, Dip Ed, DACVP, PhD, FRCVS, FRCPath, AO. Expert in Zoonotic diseases, Disease Control programs (WHO/CDC)
  • bio-speakers Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri Health Sciences and Medicine Bond University, Australia Expert in Biosecurity
  • bio-speakers Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD Distinguished expert in public health emergency preparedness and response, especially on biological events such as pandemics, emerging diseases, Expert in Bioterrorism and Crisis management
  • bio-speakers Professor Maowia M. Mukhtar Member of several WHO/ TDR and EDCTP Advisory Committees One of the founders of the Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum and a previous Director of the institute. Expert in Epidemiology
  • bio-speakers Professor Simon John McKirdy Professor, Chairperson the Western Australian Biosecurity Council. Chairman for UBL Pty Ltd. Expert in Artificial Intelligence with relation to biosecurity
  • bio-speakers Dr. Rik Bleijs Head of the Dutch Biosecurity Office at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Expert in Biological threats & Gene Therapy
  • bio-speakers Dr. Peter Oscar Clevestig اCBRN Technical Advisor for the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries – EU CBRN, Centre of Excellence Initiative Expert in CBRN/Crisis management
  • bio-speakers Professor Mohamed Satti Michigan State University, Department of Public Health Expert in Parasitic Diseases
  • bio-speakers Dr Robert (Bob) Jefferson Medical Director – Occupational Health Europe Expert in toxicology, radiation
  • bio-speakers Bhupinder Hundle Director , Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ph. D, Biotechnology, Simon Fraser University in BC, Canada

Members of the Scientific Team

  • bio-speakers Dr. Marwan AlKaabi Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) Chairman of the Scientific Team Fourth UAE Conference on Biosecurity
  • bio-speakers Engineer-Lieutenant-Colonel/ Saeed Alrashdi General Head Quarter/ UAE Armed Forces Member
  • bio-speakers Dr. Major / Rashed Alghafri Dubai Police Headquarters Member
  • bio-speakers Prof.Magdi Mahmoud Mohamed Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Member
  • bio-speakers Prof. Ismail Saadoun University Of Sharjah Member
  • bio-speakers Dr. Salama Al Muhairi Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority Member
  • bio-speakers Dr. Farida Al Hosani Health Authority -Abu Dhabi Membe
  • bio-speakers Major/Ali Al Musaabi Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters Member
  • bio-speakers Dr. Ahmed Zahran Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Member
  • bio-speakers Mr.Mohammed AbdulRahman Dubai Municipality Member
  • bio-speakers Ms. Sarah Almulla Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Member and Rapporteur


First Day: 28th October 2019

Second Day: 29th October 2019

Time Activity Speaker
08:00 - 09:30 Registration

Official Opening

09:30 – 09:50 Opening Video
Welcome Speech
H.E Eng. Saif Mohamed AlShara
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
09:50 – 10:10 Keynote Speaker (1): Dr. Rik Bleijs
10:10 – 10:25 Tour through the conference exhibition and accompanying activities
10:25 – 12:00 Session (1): )Challenges to Biosecurity
Chair Session: Dr. Marwan AlKaabi
10:25 – 10:40 Metagenomics Reveal Billions of Microbes transported un-noticed due to the Absence of Biosecurity Measures Dr. Lotti Tajouri
10:40 – 10:55 Strategies for dealing with infectious and emerging diseases Dr. Farida Al Hosani
10:55 – 11:10 The role of National emergency crisis and disaster authority during the biological emergency (NCEMA) Mr. Ali Alkaabi
11:10 – 11:25 Biosecurity policy landscape in Japan Prof. Tomoya Saito
11:25 – 11:40 Delivering Portable, Fast and Simple Sequencing for Biosafety Dr. Bhupinder Hundle
11:40 – 12:00 Panel Discussion & Honoring
12:00 – 12:15


12:15 – 13:15 Workshop (1): Scientific and technological developments relevant to challenges, problems and solutions in global biosecurity
Moderator:Dr. Marwan AlKaabi Prof. Simon McKirdy
Dr. Lotti Tajouri
Workshop (2):Capacity building of biosafety laboratories
Moderator:Dr. Major / Rashed Al Ghafri Prof. Abdelmalik Ibraheim
Dr. Peter Clevestig
Exhibition & Poster
13:15 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:45 Session (2): The impact of good practice on achieving biosecurity
Chair Session: Prof. Magdi Ali
13:30 – 13:45 Foodborne Parasites and their Significance in Food Safety and Biosecurity Prof. Mohamed Satti
13:45 – 14:00 Biosecurity in diagnostic laboratories: challenges & best practices Dr. Mohamed Alhosani
14:00 – 14:15 Bioterrorism & Food Security: Concerns in the UAE Dr. Khawla Al Hattawi
14:15 – 14:30 Biosecurity Measures in an Equine Veterinary Hospital Dr. Nora Nogradi
14:30 – 14:45 Panel Discussion & Honoring

End of Day One

Time Activity Speaker
08:30 – 08:50 Keynote Speaker (2): Prof. Simon McKirdy
08:50 – 10:20 Session (3): Artificial Intelligence and Biosecurity
Chair Session: Dr. Farida Al Hosani
08:50 – 09:05 اOne Health approach of Biosecurity Prof. Maowia Mukhtar
09:05 – 09:20 Smart Mapping to Zoonotic and Animal Diseases in Dubai Emirate Ms. Fatma Al Ateibi
09:20 – 09:35 A review of the current high-priority agents that may be used in bioterrorism Dr. Robert Jefferson
09:35 – 09:50 Effectiveness of Innovative Technology in Monitoring Mosquito Borne Disease Transmission & Biosecurity in Abu Dhabi Eng. Mohammad Khrissat
09:50 – 10:05 The Plan of Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to address the threat of invasive species Ms.Hiba Alshehhi
10:05 – 10:20 Panel Discussion & Honoring
10:20 – 10:35


10:35 – 11:35 Workshop (3): Strengthening preparedness and response capacity for biological events
Moderator: Major/Ali Al Musaabi Prof. Tomoya Saito
Prof. Charles Mackenzie
Workshop (4): Risk assessment of genome editing
Moderator: Prof. Ismail Saadoun Prof. Maowia Mukhtar
Prof. Mohammed Satti
Exhibition & Poster
11:35 – 12:35 Biosecurity Laboratory (Group Discussion):
Smart ports for better biosecurity
Moderator: Dr. Salama Al Muhairi
12:35 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30 Session (4): Innovation and Security in Biotechnology
Chair Session Dr. Major / Rashed Al Ghafri
13:00 – 13:15 Medical and veterinary biosecurity in the modern technical age Prof. Charles Mackenzie
13:15 – 13:30 Managing Dual Use Research of Concern Prof. Magdi Ali
13:30 – 13:45 Modern Biosecurity Challenges and Opportunities for Innovations Prof. Peter Clevestig
13:45 – 14:00 Biological Security and Safety Continuum from the health Perspective: UAE Vision Dr. Rasha Salama
14:00 – 14:15 Preview and analyze the effects of crime scene in the field of biosecurity Captain/ Khudooma Al Nuaimi
14:15- 14:30 Panel Discussion & Honoring
14:30 -15:00 Closing Remarks

Lunch / End of the conference