Prof.Mattia Cecchinato (DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECPVS) graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2001 and did his PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna. He is associate professor at the Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health

University of Padova, Italy. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (2013). Since 2016 he served as secretary the Italian Branch of WVPA and he was elected in May 2018 as President of the Italian Branch of WVPA. His main research interests include respiratory pathogens in poultry and in particular epidemiology and control of viral infections due to viruses belonging to Paramixoviridae and Coronaviridae.Author and co-author of about 250 publications including papers in international referees journals, papers and abstracts published in the proceeding of conferences.


Prof.Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hess,DVM, Dipl. ECPVS


Prof. Michael Hess studied veterinary medicine and performed his post graduate education at the Institute of Poultry Diseases, Free University in Berlin. Afterwards he joined R&D at Intervet UK working on poultry viral vaccines. In 2001 he moved to the University of Veterinary Medicine,in Vienna, where he established a poultry clinic with research, diagnostic services and teaching. Since 2008 he is heading the Department for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health.

Prof. Michael Hess has a strong interest in poultry health, the development of new protection strategies and diagnostic tools. He is a member of different scientific communities and editorial boards. He was a founder diplomate and first President of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS). He published more than 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts and holdsvarious patents. Recently, he was awarded with the Robert Fraser Gordon Memorial Medal, a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pannonian University in Hungary and the title Bene merito pro Facultate Medicinae Veterinariae in Varsovia, University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Ismaila Shittu is a Chief Research Officer at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Equipped with a Master and Doctor of Philosophy in virology from the University of Ibadan, Dr. Shittu has garnered over a decade and a half experience in diagnosis and research into avian viral diseases including Newcastle disease, avian infectious bronchitis, infectious bursal disease, avian influenza, etc. Among his research goals is to provide solutions to myriads of infectious diseases, afflicting human and animals through the use of innovative scientific tools. As a virologist, his research interest involves epidemiology, evolution and ecology of zoonotic emerging and re-emerging diseases at the human-animal interface. Dr. Shittu has received training from different centres of excellence in Europe and America.

As a visiting Scientist to Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, GA USA, Dr. Shittu was involved in conducting research on the project “Development of cell lines capable of supporting Newcastle Disease virus growth” which was sponsored by Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, UK. His research has culminated into publications of over 30 peer-reviewed articles. As a hobby, he loves to travel and meeting new people.

David E. Swayne

Laboratory Director
Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Athens, Georgia, USA


Dr. David E. Swayne is the Laboratory Director (1994-present) of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s in house high biocontainment laboratory for poultry health research. He has aDoctorate of Veterinary Medicine(University of Missouri, 1984), M.Sc. in Veterinary Pathology (University of Missouri, 1984), aPhDin Veterinary Pathology (University of Georgia, 1987), and is a board certified in Veterinary Pathology and as a Poultry Veterinarian.For past 33 years, his personal research has focused on pathobiology and control of avian influenza in poultry.Dr. Swayne has served on World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) committees to update the Avian Influenza chapters in Terrestrial Animal Health Code and Manual,and completed a 16 month sabbatical at OIE to study global highly pathogenic avian influenza control programs. He served as chair for the World Health Organization committee to update the Research Agenda for Zoonotic Influenza. He has served as Chair of the Executive Committee for OFFLU, the joint OIE/FAO Animal Influenza Network, currently serving on the Steering Committee. He has participated in missions or conferences on avian influenza control and biosafety/biosecurity in 51 countries during the past 25 years. He has published over 334 peer-reviewed papers and 114 book chapters on poultry health issues, principally avian influenza and other emerging viral diseases, and has given 314 invited presentations on poultry health issues. He is the editor of the textbook, Avian Influenza (Wiley, 2008); Associate Editor (11th edition, 2003; 12th edition, 2008) and Editor-in-Chief (13th edition, 2013; 14th edition, 2019) of Diseases of Poultry (Wiley); Editor of Animal Influenza (Wiley, 2017), Avian Section Editor ofFenner’s Veterinary Virology (4thedition, 2011,and 5th edition, 2017); and Poultry Editor for Merck Veterinary Manual (2017-2020). He is on the editorial board of Avian Diseases, and is an Associate Editor for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses and Emerging and Infectious Diseases He has also served as an Associate Editor and Advisor for Avian Pathology and Associate Editor for Veterinary Pathology. Formerly, he served as a tenured faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University.

University Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafez Mohamed Hafez


Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafez was head of the Institute of Poultry Diseases of the Free University in Berlin from October 1st 1997 until 31st October 2016. He is currently Gust “Senior” Professor at the same Institute. 


Hafez gained his Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) at the department of Poultry Diseases from Cairo University in 1975. In 1981 completed his Dr. medicinae veterinariae (Dr. med. vet) at the department of Poultry Diseases, Giessen University, Germany. In 1994 he finished the Dr. habilitatus (Dr. med. vet. habil.) thesis at the department of Poultry Diseases, Munich University, Germany.


Dr. Hafez is Veterinary Poultry Specialist since 1982; Veterinary Microbiology

Specialist since 1989, Veterinary Animal Hygiene Specialist since 1996 and since 2005

Diplomat of European College of Veterinary Public health (Dipl. ECVPH) and since 2009 Diplomat of European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (Dipl. ECPVS).  


He is currently Honorary Life President of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA). From 2011-2015 he was of the Vice –(Past)-president of the WVPA and from 2007 -2011 he was the President of the WVPA. In addition, he was from 2011-2014 a President of the European college of Poultry Veterinary Science. He is chairman of Poultry Scientific Committee of the German Veterinary Chamber, past Chairman of the German Branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association and Chairman Working group 10 (Turkey) European Branch of World Poultry Science Association (WPSA). 

 In addition, he is an honour Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Germany since 1996 as well as honour Professor at the Alexandria University, Egypt since 2009. Furthermore, he is a member of several others scientific committees related to veterinary medicine worldwide. Since 2015, he is advisor of the Arab Federation for Food Industries (AFFI)  


Dr Hafez's research interest focused on poultry diseases diagnosis and control in general and food borne diseases, management, animal welfare and hygiene.  



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“Hafez” International symposium on Turkey Diseases                                     12

“Hafez” International symposium on Turkey Production and Health              10




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As Guest Speaker in following countries: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia , Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Cameron, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, India, Iran,

Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabian, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian, South Africa, Sudan, Russia, The Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arabic Emirate, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.

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