Dr Moez Sanaa

Unit Head, Standards and Scientific Advice, World Health Organization



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Dr Sanaa is the Unit Head of the Standards and Scientific Advice on Food and Nutrition (SSA) Unit in the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety. An expert in quantitative health risk assessment, he was previously working with the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), where he was head of the Food Risk Assessment Unit and led the work on chemical and microbiological contaminants risk assessment, as well as the safety assessment of enzymes, processing aids, food contact materials and GMOs.  

Prior to this position, he was a professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France) where he taught biostatistics, epidemiology and risk analysis and directed several national and European research programs in veterinary public health. As an international expert, he has extensively contributed to the work of the European Food Safety ‘s (EFSA) Animal Health and Animal Welfare and Biological Hazards expert panels between 2005 and 2018, and participated in several capacity building projects in food safety systems in different African, east European and middle East countries. In order to strengthen transatlantic collaboration, he worked at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA-CFSAN, Maryland, USA) as a Senior Epidemiologist on Genomic Data Use in Risk Assessment (2017-2018). Between 2019 and 2018, he was a very active member of the EFSA Advisory Forum for strengthening the scientific partnership between member states, the creation of a data food safety ecosystem and the sustainability of risk assessment capacities in Europe. 

Originally from Tunisia, Moez Sanaa graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Tunisia. He followed a training in contagious diseases and epidemiology at the Veterinary School of Alfort (France), prior to obtaining his Master and PhD degrees from the University of Paris XI, Faculty of Medicine (France). 

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Safe food along supply chains


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