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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115223
Status
Published
Date of creation
2019-10-15 09:48 UTC (drfoudamos@gmail.com)
Date of publication
2019-10-15 13:29 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Egypt
Profile of the Expert
Dr. Hamdallah Zedan is Senior Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Egyptian Presidency of the Convention on Biological Diversity and was the Chairman of the National Preparatory Committee of the 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference (CBD/COP 14, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt). He holds BSc. (Pharmacy) and M.Sc. (Microbiology) from Cairo University and Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Montreal University. He held various positions with United Nations and Cairo University.  He is the former UN Assistant Secretary General/ Executive Secretary of the Biodiversity Convention from 1998 to 2005 and former Director of UNEP's Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Biosafety and Genetic Resources programmes from 1984 to 1997. He is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Cairo University and Former Chairman and current Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Studies Committee Sector, Supreme Council of Universities, Egypt.  From 2007 to 2013, he was the Chairman and Managing Director of the Egyptian Company for Sera, Vaccines and Drugs (VACSERA). He supervised and directed research programmes leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. for more than 75 candidates and published more than 100 papers in various fields of research covering biodiversity, biosafety and intellectual property rights (IPR), recombinant DNA technology, vaccines and immunological products, microbial enzymes, radio-sterilization, microbial drug resistance, immobilized cell fermentation, mycotoxins, microbial contamination of pharmaceuticals. He is a member of many national and international scientific and advisory committees.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr Hamdallah Zedan
Cairo, Egypt
Egypt
Phone:+201000066561
Email:hhzedan@hotmail.com
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • Egyptian
Date of birth
1943
Place of birth
Egypt
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Ministry of Environment
Acronym
MoE
Type of organization
  • Government agency (National/federal)
Department / Division / Unit
Egyptian Presidency of the UN Biodiversity Conference
Start date
2017
Main responsibilities
Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and National Focal Point of the 2018 United Nations        Biodiversity Conference, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
•  Preparation of the United Nations Report on the Status of Global Genetic Resources.
• Coordination and participation in the preparation of Agenda 21of the United Nations as:
        - Task Manager for Chapter 15 of Agenda 21of the United Nations on the Conservation of Biological Diversity to UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
        - Member, Task Force on Chapter 16 of Agenda 21 of the United Nations on Biotechnology to CSD
• Preparation and implementation of the first UNEP Strategy and Plan of Action for Biodiversity and Biotechnology.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Canada
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Syrian Arab Republic
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Egyptian Vaccine and Sera Company
Start date
2007
Ending date
2013
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
- Chairman and Managing Director, Egyptian Vaccine and Sera Company
Overall responsibility: Securing adequate supply of vaccines and sera (via local manufacture and importation) for the Egyptian Ministry of Health for the annual national compulsory immunization programme for 2.5 million children.
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
Start date
1998
Ending date
2005
Type of organization
  • UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
Main areas of responsibility
- Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations/Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Cairo University
Start date
2003
Ending date
2019
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
- Professor Emeritus Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Bachelor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
Name of academic institution
Cairo University
Start date
1961
Ending date
1966
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Master in Microbiology,
Name of academic institution
Cairo University
Start date
1967
Ending date
1970
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
PhD in Microbiology,
Name of academic institution
University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Start date
1970
Ending date
1973
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Lecturer (Microbiology), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montreal.   
Head, Dept. Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University
Head, Dept. Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, AlFateh University
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety policy and legal expertise
  • Capacity development expertise
  • Scientific and technical expertise
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
2. Elshimy R, R. A. Khattab, H. Zedan, A.S.Hosny and Tarek H. Elmorsy (2018).Study on prevalence and genetic discrimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Egyptian hospitals. Afr. J. Microbiol. Res. 12(27):629 - 646.
7. Sheraba, N.S., A.S. Yassin, M.R. Diab, M.A. Amin and H. Zedan (2014).  Detection of endotoxin producing Gram negative bacteria through an environmental ‎monitoring program applied in an antisera production plant. Egypt. J. Biomed. Sci. 38: 211-224.
11. Salem M.H., G. G. Zhanel, H. Zedan and A. M. Noreddin (2014).   Evaluation of Telavancin, Daptomycin, Tigecycline, Linezolid, and Vancomycin Pharmacodynamics against MRSA Isolates Collected in the Canadian-Ward (CAN-Ward) Surveillance Study: A Monte Carlo Simulation Analysis. The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting, 3-6 November 2014, San Diego, California, USA.
List of other publications
1. Helal H.S., A. Hanora, R. A. Khattab, H. Hamouda and H. Zedan (2018). Mining of Egypt's Red Sea invertebrates for potential bioactive producers.  Biotechnology Letters. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10529-018-2600.  Published on line 17 August 2018.
4. Abdeldayem A, H. Zedan , A. Badr , A. Fahmy , M. Akmal (2016).In vitro evaluation of anticancer activity of 5-fluorouracil and curcumin in single and combined forms against breast and colon cancer cell lines. International Journal of Advanced Research 4(6): 1649-1657.
5. Aboleil A. and Zedan, H. (2015). Synthesis, cloning and expression of a novel pre-‎miniproinsulin analogue gene in Escherichia coli. Journal of Advanced Research 6:663- 667.
6. Sheraba, N.S., A.S. Yassin, M.R. Diab, M.A. Amin and H. Zedan (2015).  Quality control testing for tracking endotoxin producing Gram negative bacteria during ‎the preparation of polyvalent snake antivenom immunoglobulin. ‎PDA J.Pharm.Sci.Tech. 69:499-510.
10. Helal H.S., Salah El-DinT. A., Ali A. E,Hamouda H.H., Zedan H. (2014).  Tobramycin-silver nanocomposite: a new trend of antimicrobials against resistantstrains.  J. Pharm. Biol. Sci. 9(3):54 - 61.
12. Issa A. H., Shaaban, M., H. Zedan, A. Fahmy (2014). Evaluation of the effects of aluminum phosphate and calcium ‎phosphate nanoparticles as adjuvants in vaccinated mice.International Journal of Chemical Engineering and ‎Applications 373-5:367 .
13. Zedan,H., N. El Kholy, A. Barakat, M. Zaki (2014).  Genetic mutations in influenza viruses and its relation to drug resistance.  Ain Shams Univ.J. Environment. Stud. 10: 123-132.
14. Hashem, R., M. Amin and H. Zedan(2013). Fluoroquinolone resistance mechanisms in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates from two major hospitals in Cairo, Egypt.  Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 7:  796-803.
15. Yassin A. et al (2013). Antibiotic resistance patterns among common Gram positive and Gram negative pathogens in clinical isolates from major hospitals in Cairo, Egypt. In "Worldwide Efforts in Fighting against Microbial pathogens: From Basic Research to Technological Developments", A. Mendez-Vilas (ed.), Brown Walker Press, Florida, pp34-39.
16. Sheraba, N.S., A.S. Yassin, M.R. Diab, M.A. Amin and H. Zedan (2013). Determination of possible sources of endotoxin contamination during different steps of antisera production, Fourth International Scientific Conference of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 24-25 April 2013.
17. Ali, M., H. Zedan and A. Kholafi (2012).Evaluation of viability of BCG vaccine using a conventional count method and MTT assay.  Egypt. J. Biomed. Sci. 36: 151-139
20. Zedan, H. (2005).   The Role of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocol on Biosafety in Fostering the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the World's Biological Wealth for Socio-economic and Sustainable Development.  J. Indust. Microbiol. Biotech. (USA) 32 : 496 -501
26. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2005).  Working together for biodiversity: regional and international initiatives contributing to achieving and measuring progress towards the 2010 target.   UN CBD Technical Publication Series 17, UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada
27. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2005).    Towards effective protected area systems: An action guide to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity programme of work on protected areas.  UN CBD Technical Publication Series 18, UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada
28. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2004). Solutions for sustainable mariculture - avoiding the adverse effects of mariculture on biological diversity.  UN CBD Technical Series 12  (January 2004), UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada, pp54
29. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2004). Technical advice on the establishment and management of a national system of marine and coastal protected areas. UN CBD Technical Series 13 (January 2004), UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada, pp 43
30. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2004). Biodiversity issues for consideration in planning, establishment and management of protected area sites and networks.   UN CBD Technical Publication Series 15, UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada 
31. Zedan, H. (2004).  Biodiversity for Food, Nutrition and Health: Double Opportunity or Double Challenge. Faculty Club, McGill University, 13 October 2004, pp 1-10.  
32. Zedan, H. (ed.) (2003). Integrated marine and coastal area management approaches for implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.   UN CBD Technical Publication Series 14, UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada 
33. Zedan, H. (2004).  Biodiversity for Food, Nutrition and Health: Double Opportunity or Double Challenge.  Faculty Club, McGill University, 13 October 2004.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Ph.D fellowship, Monterial, Canada
Medical Research Council, Canada
Scientific Research Council, Canada
Professional memberships
Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and National Focal Point for the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity(January 2017 - December 2018)
Board Member, International Assessment for Agricultural Science and Technology for
  Development (2004-2005).
Board Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the United Nations Global Environment Facility (GEF) (1998-2005)
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee, National Organization for Research and Control of Biologicals, 2016 - 2019).
Member of the Higher Coordination Committee for Health Sectors, Supreme Council of Universities - 2011-2014 and 2015-2021
Member of the National Committee for Environmental Issues and the Future of Planet Earth, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, 2016-2019
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Arabic
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
/A
  • English
/A
  • French
/B
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
/A
  • English
/A
  • French
/B
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
/A
  • English
/A
  • French
/B
References
References
Dr. Moustafa Fouda
Director
Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency
Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA)
30, Misr Helwan El-Zyrae Rd. 7th floor
Maadi
Cairo
Egypt
Phone:+202 524 8792,+202 527 1391
Fax:+202 527 1391
Email:foudamos@link.net,ncs@link.net
Url:Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA)