Gwenaelle Dauphin, a national of France, is EMPRES Lab Unit Coordinator and OFFLU Focal Point working for the Animal Health Service (AGAH) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Dr. Dauphin was seconded to FAO for four years by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France. She arrived in Rome on September 2006.
Since November 2010, Dr. Dauphin has been working under a fixed term post at AGAH as Animal Health Officer. This post is financed by the French Development Agency under a fund transfer agreement.
Dr. Dauphin shared some experiences and perspectives about her time in FAO-Rome:
"My experience with the organization has been very good and unique. I have been very busy with numerous activities related to animal health, including travelling on missions to foreign countries. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and the rich experiences I am exposed to and from which I have learned a lot. I did not expect it to be such a creative work."
"The thing that I like the most about working here is that I get to work in dynamic teams that are multidisciplinary and multicultural."
"My contribution to the work FAO does around the world is strengthening veterinary diagnostic laboratory capacity in particular through regional and global networking; Developing and promoting OFFLU as a network of expertise on animal influenza and with variegated interfaces with human health; Giving veterinary diagnostic laboratories the correct position within the global framework of animal health."
"I have learned so much from the activities undertaken by FAO, especially those related to understanding the big picture issues of the developing world. Also, I have learned of the status, needs, orientations, and work of national, regional, and global organizations. Lastly, I now know the scope of the work of the United Nations in the context of food and agriculture."