5th AAWC - Action 2021 Speakers

  • Arno De Klerk – National Council of SPCAs, South Africa

    Senior Inspector Arno De Klerk is currently employed as the Manager of the Special Projects Unit at the National Council of SPCAs in Southern Africa.

    Arno has more than 10 years experience in animal welfare and he has field experience with domestic, equine, farm and wild animals. Arno works with various types of species daily in the portfolios covered by the Special Projects Unit.

    Enforcing the Animals Protection Act forms the core focus of his duties, together with uplifting the welfare of all animals.

    Arno has a passion for spending time with his family which includes two Jack Russel dogs, gardening and bird watching.

  • Douglas Wolhuter – National Council of SPCA’s, South Africa

    Wolhuter is the manager of the NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit and has been involved with the NSPCA and SPCA since 2002. His career in Animal Protection started at a local SPCA which he managed for 12 years. He went on to serve as the chairman of the Society and KwaZulu-Natal regional chairman for 8 years and for a period of 4 years on the National Board of Directors as KwaZulu-Natal provincial Director.

    He has vast experience with all species in the field, as a law enforcement official with many successful prosecutions (in terms of national legislation) and also in leadership and governance positions in the movement. But following his passion for wildlife Douglas joined the NSPCA team from which he has a platform to nationally address the massive challenges faced in the wildlife industry.

    Specialising in Wildlife Protection he serves on committees tasked with revising legislation as well as working on standards and codes of best practice to ensure the welfare of wild animals are protected both in captivity and in the wild.

    Currently Douglas is spearheading welfare reform in the captive lion industry due to the ever-present welfare concerns and has thus far laid criminal charges against several facility owners and staff.

  • Dr. Akunzule, Anthony Nsoh

    Dr. Akunzule,Anthony Nsoh, a Ghanaian, obtained a DVM from Kharkov Zooveterinary Institute in Ukraine in 1988, MPS(Agric) in Agricultural and Rural development from Cornell University, USA in 1999 and, Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law from Cambridge University, UK in 2014.Akunzule worked with the Department of Wildlife in the Accra and Kumasi zoos from 1988-1991.Akunzule spent over 26 years working with the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana, holding different positions such as Head of the Economics Unit of Pan African Control of Epizootics, from 2001 to 2006; Desk Officer of the Livestock Development Project of the African Development Bank from 2000 to 2006; and National Livestock Policy Focal Point of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Programme of the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources from 2010 to 2017 .Akunzule was responsible for Livestock Policy and Legislation at the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture from 2010 to 2017.Akunzule was the Team Leader of the train-the trainer from 2008 to 2010 for the USAID Stamping Out Pandemic Avian Influenza (USAID STOP AI), in which he trained stakeholders in the poultry industry, including veterinarians, poultry farmers and securities agencies. Akunzule is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the International Family Poultry Network. Akunzule received the Global Animal Welfare by the World Veterinary Association, supported by CEVA Animal Santé in April 2019. Akunzule has great interest in donkey welfare as a working animal in rural communities of Ghana. Akunzule monitors donkey mobility from Burkina Faso to Ghana on regular bases.

  • Dr. Katherine Baxter

    Dr. Katherine Baxter joined the ANAW-USA team as Operations Manager in July 2020. She has worked in academia, education, government, and the non-profit sector, in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa, always endeavoring to forge regenerative and holistic solutions to complex social and environmental problems. Her work has centered around youth, global education policy, social change, and animal rights, and she is driven by a commitment to creating a world free of suffering for all living things.

    She holds an MSc in Global Social Change and a scholarship funded Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh and has lectured on the following Master’s and Undergraduate courses at the University of Edinburgh: 'Theorizing and Researching Global Social Change', 'Sustainable Development', 'Global Education Policy', 'International Perspectives on Education and Training', 'Gender and Development', 'Globalization', and 'Social Movements'. She is co-founder of the non-profit, American Canary, and co-founder and former co-director of the University of Edinburgh-based charity, LIVED.

  • Mr. David Gies

    Mr. David Gies guided the Board of Directors for the Animal Assistance Foundation. He successfully redefined its giving portfolio and diversified the Foundation’s annual giving from one veterinary hospital to many humane organizations. Today, the veterinary hospital is a program of a major animal shelter. Prior to this, he led several nonprofits, schools, and philanthropic organizations expand effectiveness and efficiencies. Over the course of his career, program missions ranged from human health, K-12 Education, poverty prevention, and the performing arts. His experience includes establishing the National Fundraising Unit for the National Stroke Association, Executive Director for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Director for the Anschutz Family Foundation. Prior to his private philanthropy endeavors, Mr. Gies worked in the public sector as a grant administrator managing the distribution of federal funds through Colorado’s Department of Human Services. Along the way he taught Non-profit Management at Regis University and established the Kenya travel course at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work where he is currently a Scholar in Residence.

    He has an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Colorado State University, an M.S. in Management of Rehabilitation Facilities from De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois, and has a Master’s in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Colorado in Denver.

    During many decades, Mr. Gies has led the development of philanthropic interests in the public and private sectors.  In 2005, he met Josphat Ngonyo.  Their friendship grew over the years resulting in the establishment of ANAW-USA, the non-profit arm of ANAW in the United States.  Mr. Gies continues to serve on the ANAW Board of Directors in Nairobi and facilitates efforts for the ANAW-USA office in Denver, Colorado.

  • Dr. M.D. Kinoti

    Dr. M.D. Kinoti is Professor of Management and Leadership, and Chair of the Masters of Non-profit Management at Regis University. He teaches graduate courses in Peace and International Development.

  • Dr. Janet Rumfelt

    Dr. Janet Rumfelt is Professor and Chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Regis University in Colorado. Her research and teaching is focused on the environmental humanities where she draws on religion and philosophy to address conservation issues. She is editing a volume on religion and animal extinction and is also contributing an article to that volume. Dr. Rumfelt is active in non-profit work. She is the founder of Running Wild, a 5K and 1-mile fun run that promotes awareness about imperiled African species and raises funds for African conservation organizations and she is also the Board President of ANAW-USA.

  • Dr. Kwaku Adomako

    Dr. Kwaku Adomako obtained a BSc. (Hons) Agriculture and PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics, from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in 2004 and 2010 respectively. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Poultry Production and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2013), and obtained training in Molecular Genetics from the University of Georgia, USA through Borlaug Fellowship in 2015. He has been working with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi since 2011. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Animal Science. He was the Head of the KNUST Dairy/Beef Cattle Research Station from 2017 to 2019, and Head of the Poultry Section at the Department of Animal Science, KNUST from 2012 to 2017. He is currently serving as the Coordinator for Graduate Studies, Seminar and Laboratories at the Department of Animal Science. He has served on a number of committees at various levels within the University.

    Dr. Adomako has over seventy (70) scientific publications in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is an editor of a book for commercial rabbit production, and has also written three book chapters. He has supervised PhDs, MPhils/MScs and several undergraduate students and serve as an external assessor for a number of Graduate Schools in Ghana including those of University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Winneba. He is the External Examiner for the Departments of Animal Science in the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast and the University for Development Studies, Tamale. He has assessed the application for appointment documents and interviewed candidates for other public universities to fill Animal Breeding and Genetics positions in these universities.

    He has rich experience in the Ghanaian poultry industry and had worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and United States Department of Agriculture’s Poultry Project in Ghana as well as various large scale poultry farms in Ghana. Dr. Adomako has served as a Resource Person for various workshops organized for poultry value chain actors by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Development Partners and Poultry Farmers’ Association, within Ghana and West Africa. He has also organized workshops for poultry and rabbit value chain actors through the dissemination of the findings of various sponsored research that he had conducted.  He had received over One Million Ghana Cedis grant from institutions such as the Skill Development Fund (SDF), Ghana Poultry Project (GPP) under the auspices of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and KNUST Research Fund for various research projects. He has attended and presented the results of his research at various international conferences including World Poultry Congress, Poultry Science and All African Conference on Animal Agriculture.

    He is a member of the following academic societies: World Poultry Science Association, Ghana Animal Science Association, Ghana Society of Animal Production, Ghana Science Association and University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG). He is the Vice-President of the Ghana Society of Animal Production, which is the association for animal scientists in Ghana. He serves as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Poultry Science (USA) and Scientific African. You can find Dr Kwaku Adomako on google scholar:

    https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=7KnmiPMAAAAJ and research gate:


  • Dr Mark Jones

    Mark trained as a veterinarian at Liverpool University and worked for many years in Fish Health and Disease Control, before spending five years traveling extensively and working on rescue and rehabilitation projects for primates, bears, birds, and reptiles in South America and Asia. He has Masters’ Degrees in both Aquatic and Wild Animal Health, and several years’ experience in the non-government animal protection sector covering international wildlife trade, wildlife management and animal welfare issues. He joined the Born Free Foundation in 2014 where he is currently the Head of Policy.

  • Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo

    Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo is the OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa (or SADC).  He is a veterinarian by profession, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Edinburgh University and a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Botswana. For most part of his veterinary career, he worked for the Department of Veterinary Services of Botswana primarily as a field veterinarian in several districts, before settling at Ministry Headquarters initially as the Department’s epidemiologist. In this role, he was responsible for all sanitary and phyto-sanitary matters and assisted in setting up the Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Unit which was responsible for establishing the livestock identification and traceability system (LITS) of Botswana in 2001. He coordinated the control and eradication of several outbreaks of foot and mouth diseases in the country and made presentations and talks on animal disease control in Botswana at conferences and seminars worldwide, organized by various international organizations such as OIE, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), Southern African Development Community (SADC), etc.  He was a member of various technical committees of these organizations.  All this culminated with an award of a “Meritorious Honour” by the OIE.  He progressed to become the Director of Veterinary Services and OIE Delegate for Botswana in 2008. In 2009 he became a Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry until joining the World Organization for Animal Health (commonly called OIE:  Office International des Epizooties) as the Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa in 2014.

    The OIE is a standard setting body on matters of animal health, welfare and veterinary public health (zoonosis). It works closely with member countries, through the Veterinary Services to ensure compliance to international standards, in order to facilitate safe trade in animals and their products. As the sub-regional representative Dr Letshwenyo is responsible for driving the mandate and representing the OIE in the sixteen (16) member countries of the SADC sub-region, as well as in meetings with collaborating partners.

  • Dr. Mwenda Mbaka

    Dr. Mwenda Mbaka is a Kenyan veterinarian who also holds a Masters Degree in Veterinary Public Health. He has undertaken numerous consultancy services in Kenya and other countries in Africa, in the areas of Veterinary Public Health, Animal Welfare, and the formulation of Animal Resources Sector Policies. Mbaka taught Animal Health at the Chuka University in Kenya, where he was the Chairman of the Department of Animal Science during his tenure. He has also served as the Chairman of the Kenya Veterinary Board, and the President of the Team of Experts to establish and operationalize of the African Union’s Association of African Veterinary Statutory Bodies. He currently serves in the Invasive House Crow Eradication Technical Committee of Kenya Wildlife Service, and the Legislation Review Committee of the Kenya Veterinary Medicines Council. Mbaka also served as Africa Region External Affairs Advisor to World Animal Protection, which is one of the leading animal welfare organizations globally. He recently founded the Traceable Quality Indigenous Chicken Meat Program, which is an innovation based on high-welfare chicken production and a pricing model that de-risks chicken farmers from the fear that makes financial services from financial institutions inaccessible to them. Mbaka is a dedicated Pan-Africanist, a conservationist, and a passionate champion for Animal Welfare. He has been awarded an Environmental Conservation Award by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the Machakos County of Kenya, and a Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Kenya Veterinary Association.

  • Dr. Ssuna Paul

    Dr. Ssuna Paul, is an assistant lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. He is a researcher and advocate for animal welfare in Uganda and Africa at large. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary medicine from Makerere University (2017) and a Master’s Degree in Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, UK (2020). Since 2018, he has taken up the mantle as the coordinator of Animal Welfare and Health traineeship for animal science students at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity in Makerere University. He was also involved in several animal welfare research projects including studies to investigate how farmer behavior and practice affect the welfare of dairy cows among selected farms in Kiruhura district, Uganda- supported by Welttierschutzstiftung (WTS) (2020), how maternal deprivation affects milk yield and udder health among dairy cows in Germany (2020) and Feasibility and Practicability in Using the Welfare Quality Protocol® on Dairy Farms in Kiruhura District, Uganda (2021). Other outreach projects involved in are: project to save working donkeys from ill health due to poor harnessing in Kween district, Uganda, supported by Brooke Hospital for Animals (2018) and the establishment of clinical skills center at Makerere University supported by SPANA (2021). He is also largely involved in student mentorship, mobilization and empowerment, trainer in leadership and team building in One Health and One Welfare.

  • Mr. Isaiah Otieno

    Isaiah Otieno  holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Strathmore University and a Bachelor’s degree in Information System Technology from United States International University (USIU). Isaiah worked in the IT field for a period of 10 year before following his passion in environment and joining UNEP in 2014. At UNEP Isaiah has been the focal point for organization from the Africa region by ensuring that Major Groups and Stakeholders are engaged meaningful in the work of UN Environment’s Governing Bodies. Isaiah oversaw the signing of MOUs with a number of accredited organizations from Africa to enhance collaboration between UNEP and these organizations.

    Such MOU saw UNEP and Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) organize annual conference named Animal Welfare Conference. The first and the Second conference took place in Nairobi Kenya. The third conference took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while the fourth conference that was to take place in Accra Ghana had to be held virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Isaiah has six years’ experience in the UN system, working with the civil society in the environmental advocacy sphere.

  • Mr. Jackson Tembo

    Jackson Tembo is an employee at Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania. He works as a Livestock tutor at the Mpwapwa Campus of the Livestock Training Agency Campuses located in the capital city Dodoma. He is the guardian/patron for the Students College Animal Welfare Club. He is an MSc. Student at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Morogoro, Tanzania taking MSc. Tropical Animal Production. Jackson graduated with a BSc. Animal Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2015. At Mpwapwa College, Jackson is the Head of Department of Training, Research and Consultancy. Jackson is working with Animals’ Angels for over four (4) years and mainly acts as a representative in LITA Campuses/Colleges in Tanzania. He teaches the Animal Welfare module to students who pursue their Certificate and Diploma in Animal Health and Production (CAHP and DAHP).

  • Sophie Greger

    Sophie Greger is the Head of International Project Development at Animals’ Angels, a German-based animal welfare organisation. Animals’ Angels is committed to farm animals and is mainly focusing on the protection of animals during transport. The organisation works globally. Sophie has been with the organisation since 2008. Her projects are currently based in Eastern Africa and Colombia. Sophie mainly works with an educational approach to raise awareness and empathy for farm animals and to change the way they are treated. She’s in the course of obtaining her credentials as a Certified Humane Education Specialist. Sophie holds a Master of Science degree in Global Transformations/Geography of Loughborough University, UK.

  • Jennie Hunter

    Jennie Hunter is the Campaigns Coordinator at the Open Wing Alliance. Prior to this, she completed a campaigns fellowship at The Humane League, served as the Administrative Director for a horse rescue organization and worked at an organization dedicated to replacing animal testing with humane-based alternatives. Her volunteer experience includes managing social media accounts for an animal protection organization and helping at a local rabbit rescue. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, listening to music and spending time with her son and two dogs. 

  • Morgane James- National Council of SPCAs, South Africa

    Chief Inspector Morgane James is the Manager of the Training and Outreach Units of the NSPCA. She has a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and has extensive field experience with farm animals, companion animals and working donkeys in disadvantaged communities.

    As an experienced lecturer, she presents lectures to inspectors and field officers as well as Animal Health students at the North West University,  state prosecutors at the Justice College and South African police service members. In addition to law enforcement, she has been actively involved with community outreach and education for many years.

    She is passionate about training and the transfer of knowledge and has a special interest in the human/animal bond and the influence what positive interactions can have in creating a less violent society.

    James, M 1999. Care and use of working donkeys.  Printed and published by National Department of Agriculture. ISBN 1-86871-061-0


    James, M, Krecek, T 2000.  Management of Working Animals—A Health and Welfare Perspective - Empowering Farmers with Animal Traction: Proceedings of the workshop o f the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (ATNESA). ISBN 0-907146-10-4

    Trent, N, Ormel, P, de Siles, J,L,G, Heinz, G, James, M 2002.  The State of the Animals II 2003:-The State of Meat Production in Developing Countries 2002. Humane Society Press. ISBN 0-9658942-7-4.

    Ebert, R, Roba A, Kemmerer, L, Hague, N, Banaei, M, Akenzua-Ebeigbe, S, Kelbessa, W, James, M.  et al. 2018.  Africa and her Animals: Philosophical and Practical Perspectives. Part 2: Animals, Religion and Society in Africa. UNISA Press. ISBN 978-1-86888-900-6

  • Nick Jukes

    Nick Jukes is Co-ordinator of the International Network for Humane Education (InterNICHE). Nick has been working internationally for over 25 years to enhance education and training in medicine and the life sciences through replacement of animal experiments and dissection. He co-authored the book from Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse: Alternative Methods for a Progressive, Humane Education (2nd ed.) (InterNICHE, 2003) and has published widely on alternatives. He has helped establish a range of international resources including libraries of alternatives and the website www.interniche.org, with its databases of alternatives and academic studies. Nick has co-organised conferences and exhibitions across the world and InterNICHE activity has led to widespread direct replacement. Current projects include a documentary film on humane innovations and a book of case studies. Nick, InterNICHE and its partners have won a number of awards for provision of resources, global networking and replacement work, including the Lush Prize for Training.

  • Pavitra Krishnan

    Pavitra holds a Masters degree in Economics and a Postgraduate degree in Development Management from University of Delhi. She has the experience of working in both the animal and human rights space. Her past experience includes working with the Federation of Indian Animals Protection Organisations (FIAPO) in Government Advocacy and Policy Regulation aimed towards the welfare of farmed animals. Further, she has worked with TechnoServe on a livelihood enhancement project for small-holder farmers in India. Pavitra currently leads the Global South Programme at 50by40, a coalition of organisations dedicated towards cutting the global production and consumption of animal products by 50% by the year 2040.

  • Prof. - Meyir Yiryele Ziekah (DVM, MSc Epidemiology)

    Meyir Yiryele Ziekah is a Veterinarian and currently the Manager and Resident Zoo veterinarian of Kumasi Zoological Gardens of the Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission. He is Ghana’s OIE Focal Point for Wildlife Diseases and advises the Executive Director of the Forestry Commission on Wild animal Health issues. He is a part lecturer at the College of Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Meyir’s objective is to work and rise through the ranks on merit and be part of the success story of any organization. He is a lover of nature and the cultural diversity of this world. Academically, he pursued Junior and Senior High education on the Isle of Youth, Cuba and proceeded to Universidad Agraria de La Habana, Cuba where he studied Veterinary Medicine obtaining a DVM in 1999. In 2014, he won an EU scholarship through the INTRA ACP Mobility scheme for a Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology in Tanzania. Meyir took part in a Regional Training Course on Wildlife (Bats) Capture and Sampling for Surveying Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Sierra Leone by the IAEA. After National Service in1999, he worked in the private sector as the Manager of Central Veterinary Hospital, Tema, and was later employed into the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as the Veterinary Officer.in 2008. He was shortly posted to the Wildlife Division as a Zoo Veterinarian in 2009. He is part of a Bat research in Ghana, and was a key member of a multinational team of researchers from ZSL and Cambridge University that undertook a science expedition to Annobon Island, Equatorial Guinea. Meyir co-authored works on Bat viruses and other works.

  • Prof. Raphael Deladem Folitse

    I am an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana. I am the pioneer Dean of the Veterinary School and currently the Head of Department of Pathobiology. I teach veterinary medical students Veterinary Virology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Poultry diseases. I had worked with the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana for 25 years prior to my appointment into the university.

    I graduated with DVM/MSc in Veterinary Medicine in 1984 from Ukraine Agricultural Academy, Veterinary Faculty, in Kiev. I also have a Master of Science Degree in Pathobiology from University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Sciences, St. Paul, USA in 1997; and Certificate in Laboratory diagnosis of Poultry diseases in 1995 from Osaka, Japan (JICA Programme).

    My research interest is in the detection of infectious diseases in the field and at the point of slaughter. The research is aimed at providing missing data for policy formulation towards ensuring their control, reducing their zoonotic risk, and improving availability of animal protein.

  • Sentamu Derrick Noah

    Sentamu Derrick Noah, a veterinarian by profession, holds an MSc in Veterinary Public Health. He is a graduate fellow who works at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and has a strong interest in zoonoses and food safety. However, he believes that the foundation to these fields is animal welfare. His research addressed animal welfare and food safety in a non-integrated pig abattoir in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Tony Gerrans

    Tony Gerrans has worked in government, private business and in the not-for-profit sector, primarily in the agricultural and animal welfare fields. As a Principal Planner in the Restitution Research Directorate of the South African Department of Land Affairs, he was part of the team researching and advising the post-apartheid Commission on Restitution of Land Rights on the legal validity of land restitution claims filed by victims of South Africa’s racially-based ‘separate development’ policy. He has also served as a trustee of the Humane Education Trust, the South African affiliate of Compassion in World Farming, and is currently serving as legal advisor on the Cape Animal Welfare Forum Executive. In this role he has chaired the sub-committee tasked with driving the revision of the Cape Town City Animal By-laws. In July 2019 he completed a Master’s in Animal Law at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Tony is now working with Humane Society International as the Executive Director of African operations. Tony was born in Johannesburg, now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Nazareth Appalsamy- National Council of SPCAs, South Africa

    Nazareth Appalsamy is a Senior Inspector in the Farm Animal Protection Unit of the NSPCA. He has thirteen years of experience working with farm animals, governmental departments, and industry. He has also been instrumental in developing several South African National published Animal Welfare Standards. Inspector Appalsamy has also been involved with the South African Department of Agriculture in developing several Animal Slaughter Regulations.

    Inspector Appalsamy has 21 successful prosecutions of which 11 are finalized. Enforcing the law is just one aspect of what he does, he is also an experienced lecturer. He has also completed animal courses and is certified in Poultry Welfare, Abattoir Welfare and Production, an Aviation Course on the Transport of Live Animals.


    Inspector Appalsamy deals with all farmed animals, however, he has a keen interest in Aquaculture and Crocodile Farming. With years of experience, he has contributed significantly to the humane treatment of these animals. He also has NSPCA Honorary Positions and serves on the following committees:


    South African Poultry Association - Welfare Committee Member 2013 -2021

    National Animal Health Forum - Committee Member 2015 -2021

    Livestock Welfare Co-Ordinating Committee Member / Advisor 2012 -2020

    South African Bureau of Standards - Registered Voting and Technical Member 2014-2021

    National Stock Theft Forum Member 2012-2021

  • Dr. Jacob Alhassan Hamidu, PhD (Senior Lecturer)

    Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

    Dr. Jacob Alhassan Hamidu is an Animal Scientist and a holder of PhD in Animal Science with a specialization in Poultry Embryology, Physiology and Chick Quality from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Animal Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. In 2016 to 2017, he was team Fleaders of the USDA ASSESS commissioned Poultry Baseline Survey of Poultry farms in Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions and KNUST-LGSS Needs Assessment Project of District Assemblies in Volta, Eastern and Ashanti region. He continued to work under the GPP and AMPLIER projects in Ghana until date. He is a hatchery expert for Lohmann Tierzucht in German for troubleshooting across Africa. He is the manager of the Olympio Hatchery at KNUST. He has held grants from the Grand Challenges Canada under Saving Brain, Skills Development Fund in Ghana, DANIDA and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Canada. His research mainly focused on poultry production, heat stress, hatchery management, and molecular and cellular basis of cell death in hatching eggs. He has over forty (40) peer reviewed publications, over thirty (30) abstracts and more than thirty (30) conference proceedings in reputable journals. He loves teaching, research, student mentoring and works closely with the poultry industry. He is married with three children.

  • Penny Ward, Regional Coordinator in Southern Africa for World Horse Welfare.

    Penny has a Master degree in urban planning and twenty years of experience working with various international development organisations. Penny joined World Horse Welfare in 2014 as Regional Coordinator.

    She currently supports several equine welfare organisations and NGOs in Southern Africa to work together to implement community based projects that help people to strengthen their rural and urban livelihoods through improvements to the health and welfare of their working equids.

  • Paseka Kompi - Project Field Officer for the National University of Lesotho’s Equine Welfare Project

    Paseka is a passionate animal scientist with a wealth of research experience in Lesotho. Since 2017, he has worked with the National University of Lesotho’s Equine Welfare Project, providing valuable services, education and support to equid owners.

    After graduating with a Masters degree, Paseka also started to work as a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture’s Animal Science Department and he currently lectures a variety of courses on animal production and reproductive physiology.

  • Philip Lymbery - Compassion in World Farming International

    Philip Lymbery is Global Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming, Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, President of Eurogroup for Animals, the Brussels-based umbrella for 70 leading animal welfare societies in Europe and founding Board member of the World Federation for Animals (WFA), a membership organisation that maximises the efforts and resources of the animal protection movement. Philip has also been appointed as a United Nations Food Systems Champion for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. He’s an award-winning author, ornithologist, photographer, naturalist and self-confessed animal advocate. Philip's critically acclaimed books, Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat, and Dead Zone: Where the wild things were, were the first mainstream books to show factory farming as a major driver of wildlife declines and at the heart of what needs to change to stave off the climate, nature and pandemic emergencies now facing humanity.

  • Dr Linda Evans BVetMed MRCVS - Senior Veterinary Adviser, The Donkey Sanctuary

    Linda qualified in 1979 and worked in mixed practice for 18 years before working for government for 19 years, where she specialised in disease control and eradication. Her work included advice on policy development, legislation, enforcement and implementation of policy, and she took a lead role during outbreaks of notifiable disease. She represented the UK on an EU Task Force, advising member countries on eradication of disease and she set up and worked collaboratively with stakeholder groups across all sectors in the UK to support the programme for eradication of bovine TB.

    Linda joined The Donkey Sanctuary in 2017 and has formed the Veterinary Policy Advisory Services Team which maintains an overview of biosecurity, zoonosis and of global risks to disease spread. She currently chairs the technical group for the International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE) and leads a project to improve welfare for donkeys that are farmed.

  • Hon. Garba Datti Muhammad

    Hon. Garba Datti Muhammad was born on 3rd October, 1960 in Zaria, Kaduna State of Nigeria. He holds a BSc degree in Geography, and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Bayero University Kano, a Masters Degree in International Affairs & Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Certificate in Scenarios Planning from the Oxford University, United Kingdom, Certificate in Understanding Congressional Operations, Brookings Institute, Washington DC and Certificate in Negotiation and Decision Making Strategies from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

    After a 16 year stint in the public service, he made some forays into politics. In 2003, he contested and won election into the Kaduna State House of Assembly where he served as Chairman, Committee on Market Development & Inter Governmental Relations before becoming the Minority Whip.

    Fired by a patriotic zeal to serve his people and the country better, he again puts his popularity to test when he contested and won the mandate to represent the good people of the Sabon Gari Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 2007. When the Congress for Progressive Change was formed in 2010, he was the first ANPP member in the House to join the party under whose platform he contested again and won the mandate to return in 2011.

  • Dr Kebba Daffeh

    Dr Kebba Daffeh is the West Africa Representative of WTS Vets United, a Berlin registered Animal Welfare Charitable Foundation with the goal of improving animal welfare in developing countries through tertiary education and capacity building. From 2016 to date, in his capacity as WTS VETS UNITED Gambia Coordinator, Dr Daffeh has been providing technical support to the University of the Gambia and Gambia College in Animal Welfare Education. He has accrued more than 25 years progressive work experience at senior technical and managerial positions in animal health, zoonosis, food safety and animal welfare. His competencies are mainly in the design, formulation planning, coordination and implementation of disease surveillance, prevention and control projects and programmes.. Some of positions of responsibility he held include: Principal Veterinary Officer responsible for Epidemiology, Disease Control and Investigation; National Epidemiologist for the Pan African Programme for Control of Epizootics (PACE- Gambia); National Coordinator FAO TCP on Early Detection, Surveillance and Prevention of Avian Influenza in West Africa; Chief Veterinary Officer Department of Veterinary Services, Director Department of Veterinary Services and OIE Delegate for The Gambia; National Coordinator Support Programme to Integrated National Action Plans- Avian and Human Influenza(SPINAP-AHI); National Coordinator Vaccines for Neglected Animal Diseases in Africa (VACNADA); National Coordinator FAO TCP on the Emergency Control of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in The Gambia; Director General Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia. His experiences include serving as a National Consultant (Livestock Expert) for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO- Gambia) in the design and formulation of a Climate Change Adaptation Project and a Women Empowerment Project respectively.

  • Djatougbe Aziaka - President and founder of WELFARE Togo, Djatougbe Aziaka is the current co-facilitator of UNEP NGO MAJOR GROUP (mandate 2021 – 2023)

    President and founder of WELFARE Togo, Djatougbe Aziaka is the current co-facilitator of UNEP NGO MAJOR GROUP (mandate 2021 – 2023).

    Journalist by profession (youngest female journalist entrepreneur), she is the owner and Director of Media Company ECO CONSCIENCE TV in Togo (thematic media focusing on environment and gender).

    Human Right activist, Djatougbe holds a Professional Bachelor Degree in Journalism at Institute of Information Sciences, Communication and Arts (ISICA), University of Lomé and a BA in Languages. She have more than 8 years’ experience on social, environmental, gender and cultural, issues working as a journalist (print, radio, TV and social media).

    She is also a regular participant in the UNFCCC, UNCCD negotiations and other negotiations under UNEP, SAICM and BRS Conventions. She served as representative of Africa region in CSO panel of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the biennial term 2018-2019.

    The organization that she leads, WELFARE is involved in capacity building projects in rural communities in which rural people are trained on how to utilize forest and wildlife resources in a sustainable manner. The organization works also for Peace and Good Governance, capacity building of youth, young women, involvement of youth in sustainable development process, decision making. On the field, we are conducting advanced actions in environmental education.

  • Alexander Juras

    Alexander Juras worked from 1987 – 1992 as a research fellow at the Bonn based Institute for European Environmental Policy, where his work focused mainly on environmental protection in a transboundary context and environment and civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. He was the author of the first ever published comprehensive Directory of Non-governmental Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe. In 1992, he joined the just established Regional Environmen- tal Center for Central and Eastern (REC), where he worked until 2005. At the REC, he worked in various positions and since 1997 as the Deputy Executive Director.
    His responsibilities included the supervision of REC’s NGO support program, a major provider of assistance to the emerging civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, REC’s Information Program and the establishment and supervision of REC’s Network of Country Offices in 16 countries. In 2006, he joined the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) that is located in Almaty/Kazakhstan and that covers the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as a Deputy Director. In 2008 he moved again forward and became the Deputy Director of UN Environment’s Division of GEF Coordination. In March 2010 he took over the position of Chief of UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholder Branch in the Department for Regional Cooperation (DRC). In 2014, the Branch became part of the Secretariat of the Governing Bodies (now Govern- ance Affairs Office) of UN Environment. In 2017, it changed its name to “Civil Society Unit”. In his function as Chief of the Unit, he is responsible to facilitate and support UN Environment’s relations with non-governmental stakeholders, including their participation in the United Nations Environment Assembly.

AAW Conference

Africa Animal Welfare Conference is an annual conference co-hosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) for professionals and practitioners, coming together to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation.

Office Locations

Riverine Nature Reserve,

Number 137,

Milima Road, Hardy-Karen,

Nairobi, Kenya.