Dr. Jean Kamanzi holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology from the University of Montreal-Canada and a Diploma of postgraduate studies in International studies from the University of Ottawa-Canada.
He spent more than 20 years of his career in the domain of the management of food safety and quality with the Canadian Federal Government where he held various progressive positions of responsibilities. He was a Member of the Canadian Delegation to the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene for more than 15 years and served on numerous international expert FAO/WHO committees on the development of international food standards. Before leaving the Canadian Federal Public Service in 2009, he held the position of Director, Food Safety Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
He joined the World Bank in Washington where he worked on the development of the One Health concept, initiated and established the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and piloted in 2011 the first World Bank food safety training program under the GFSP in Beijing-China. In 2012, he left the World Bank to join the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to lead, manage and develop the first FAO’s Food Safety Program for the 47 sub-Saharan countries of the Africa Region till the end of 2016.
Since 2017, he is an International Consultant and Advisor for the World Bank, FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO), the African Union (AU), the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and World Trade Organization (WTO) on Food safety, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) and International Food Trade.