Dr. Arie Hendrik Havelaar is a Preeminent Professor of Global Food Safety and Zoonoses in the Animal Sciences Department, the Emerging Pathogens Institute and the Food Systems Institute of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. Before moving to the United Sates in 2014, Arie worked at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands in various scientific and management roles, most recently as Principal Scientist in the Center for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology. He is an emeritus professor of Microbial Risk Assessment at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Arie holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering with a major in Microbiology from the Delft University of Technology, a PhD in Microbiology from Utrecht University and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences at the Erasmus University, all in the Netherlands.
His research focuses on epidemiology and risk assessment of foodborne and zoonotic diseases and their prevention in the USA and globally. He has published extensively on the global burden of foodborne disease, including in his role as chair of the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group. He contributes to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, leads the "Campylobacter Genetics and Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (CAGED)" project and participates in several other projects focusing on food safety and zoonotic infections in low- and middle-income countries. His current research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Department for International Development, the UK Department for International Development and the Florida Department of Health.