Core group members

Hesham A. Abuelnaga is the International Trade Specialist for the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service/Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs. He covers Africa, China, the European Union, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Russia. From July 2002-November 2007, he worked as an Import/Export Specialist for the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/USDA. He was responsible for applying technically justified phytosanitary measures to encompass the full continuum of activities conducted to prevent the entry, spread and establishment of exotic quarantine pests and diseases. Before that he worked as PPQ Officer and PPQ Supervisor in Los Angeles and Miami. Hesham started his career as a trapper for Ceritatis capitata, Anastrepha ludens, Dacus dorsalis, Dacus cucurbitae, Lymantria dispar and Popillia japonica. Finally he worked as Visiting Expert for the IPPC (Standards Setting) from September 2004-December 2006.


Eric Allen leads the Forest Invasive Alien group with the Canadian Forest Service at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria, Canada. For the past 13 years he has worked extensively on non-indigenous species that impact forest ecosystems; their biologies, their movement with international trade, and the assessment of mitigation measures. Dr. Allen is the chair of the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group, and is a member of the IPPC Technical Panel on Forest Quarantine and the North American Plant Protection Organization forestry panel.

Dr. Kerry Britton is the USDA Forest Service’s National Program Leader for Forest Pathology Research. After receiving her PhD in 1989, she researched forest diseases, and served as Project Leader for Insect and Disease Research until 2003. Kerry led an international online symposium on wood packing material in 2001, and became National Pathologist for Forest Health Protection in 2003. She has participated in the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group, and has served on the North American Plant Protection Organization’s Forestry and Plants for Planting Panels since 2005. In 2008 she hosted the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) work group on Invasive Species, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. Kerry is currently developing an International Sentinel Plant Network, wherein botanical gardens and arboreta monitor their collections and report new pests to improve prevention and early detection of forest pests.


Roddie Burgess joined the Forestry Commission, Great Britain in 1972 specializing in Plant Health in 1987, becoming Head of the Service in 1992. He sits on the EU Standing Committee on Plant Health and has also participated in the work of a number of IPPC and EPPO Working Groups. He was a member of the drafting panel for ISPM 15 and has been a member of the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group since its inception.


Dr Hugh Evans is Head of Forest Research in Wales based at Aberystwyth.
Apart from leading the development of research opportunities in a Welsh
context, he specializes in Pest Risk Analysis and in developing improved
solutions for dealing with phytosanitary threats. He is Chair of the
IUFRO Unit 'Invasive Species and International Trade' and coordinator
of the EU COST Action PERMIT which will launch in November 2010. The
latter deals with pathway analysis and risk management tools and was
developed following the Forest Biosecurity Conference in Rotorua in
March 2009. It involves partners from 23 COST Countries and 5 non-COST



Edson Tadeu Iede is a biologist and holds degrees, including a doctorate in Entomology, from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) of Brazil. He has worked at the National Centre of Forest Research in Colombo, Brazil of EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) as a forest entomology researcher since 1979 and in June 2008, he became Director of Communication and Business of the Centre. He is the Coordinator of the Woodwasp National Control Program since 1989 and a member of the Technical Panel of Forest Quarantine Group of the IPPC since 2005. He was a Brazilian Delegate, as member and coordinator for some periods, of the Forestry Phytosanitary Working Group of COSAVE from 1992-2005. He has published book chapters and more than a hundred scientific and technical papers.



Su-See Lee is Head, Forest Health and Conservation Programme, Forest Biodiversity Division at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). Before joining FRIM she was a lecturer in forest pathology and wood protection at the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM). She joined FRIM in 1991 as a Senior Research Officer specializing in forest pathology. She has extensive experience in tropical forest pathology and mycology and has worked closely with the Quarantine Section of the Malaysian Department of Agriculture and forest plantation companies in Malaysia and Indonesia. She is the Vice-President of IUFRO, 2010-2014.




Sarah A.H. Olembo started work in 1978 as a Plant Quarantine Officer at the then East African Plant Quarantine Station in Muguga, Kenya (now part of KEPHIS programs). From 1996-2006, she was the Assistant Director of the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council, the Regional Plant Protection Organization for Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon where she assisted African countries in implementing ISPMs. During this time, she served on the Interim Standards Committee for Phytosanitary Measures (precursor to the present CPM) from 1998-2004. Currently she is Senior Policy Officer and Acting Head of the Food Security Division, Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. In 2007, she was nominated as the African expert to work with other experts in reviewing the IPPC; their report was made to the 2nd CPM. Sarah is also the focal point for the African Union Commission in a SPS program on agricultural health (known within the EU as Better training for safer foods) which is being implemented with support from the EU, the African Union Commission, and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

Dr. Andrei Orlinski, scientific assistant of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), graduated from Moscow Forest University and worked for 16 years at the Soviet (then Russian) Plant Quarantine Institute on the use of biological control agents against quarantine pests and then as head of the Forest Quarantine Laboratory created in 1991. Then for two years he worked at the headquarters of the Russian NPPO and then (since 1995) in the EPPO Secretariat. In EPPO he is responsible for all forestry issues and issues of safe use of biological control agents. Andrei is the coordinator of the EPPO Project on Russian translations of ISPMs (all adopted ISPMs now translated except ISPMs 14, 31 and 32) and other important international and regional phytosanitary texts and is responsible for relations with "Russian-speaking" countries and the use of Russian language. He defended a Ph.D. thesis on biological control and Doctor thesis on PRA. 


Dr. Shiroma Sathyapala currently works for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Biosecurity New Zealand as a regulator and a policy-maker. Shiroma has been working in the forest biosecurity field since 2003. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2003, she worked as the program manager clonal commercialisation in one of the leading New Zealand radiata pine forestry companies. Altogether Shiroma has about 20 years experience in tropical and subtropical agriculture and forestry. She has a M.Sc. in Agriculture and Forestry from the former USSR and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Japan.


Adnan Uzunovic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he lived and worked until 1992. He holds a B.Sc. in forestry and a Ph.D. in forest product pathology from London’s Imperial College, UK and has worked in various aspects of forest protection, plantation forestry and forest nursery production. Since1997, he has worked as research scientist-mycologist at FP Innovations-Forintek Division, a Canadian non-profit wood products research institute. His major expertise is with microorganisms attacking wood materials including bluestain, mould and decay fungi. He has also worked in the area of biocontrol, market access and wood protection and is heading several projects and collaborative efforts to generate scientific data and then communicate them to relevant parties including the industry, government and the public. In the last decade, Adnan has been doing a significant amount of work in the phytosanitary area and has been an active IFQRG member since its establishment. During this time he initiated the collaborative development of several protocols to generate data in a uniform way worldwide (e.g. to test heat tolerance of fungi, growth of pine wood nematodes in large size material, etc.) and is part of collaborations that are developing guidelines and data to support the acceptance of new phytosanitary treatments.

Brian Zak is the Phytosanitary and Market Access Specialist for the Canada Wood Group based out of Vancouver Canada. Brian brings over 40 years of industry experience in forestry, logging, timber processing, product marketing, trades associations, and phytosanitary issues related to forest products. In the last 5 years with Canada Wood he serves as the Phytosanitary Specialist for those industry trade associations engaged in forest product exports. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Canadian Forest Phytosanitary Working Group, a member of the NAPPO forestry panel, and as a member of the International Forest Quarantine Research Group.


last updated:  Wednesday, November 3, 2010