IPPC Secretariat


The IPPC Secretariat coordinates the core activities of, and provides operational support to, the IPPC work programme. It is hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Structure of the IPPC Secretariat

The Standards Setting Unit (SSU)

  • coordinates the processes for setting International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and Commission on phytosanitary measures (CPM) recommendations.
  • provides technical support for implementing the IPPC's strategic framework.
  • supports the Standards Committee (SC) and several expert subgroups that help develop standards.

The Implementation and Facilitation Unit (IFU)

  • coordinates the implementation of the IPPC, the ISPMs and adopted CPM Recommendations.
  • works with contracting parties to develop capacity in implementing the IPPC and its standards.

The Integration Support Team (IST)

  • supports the governance, technical, strategic planning, partnership, and communication and advocacy activities of the IPPC Secretariat.
  • organizes meetings the CPM, the CPM Bureau, and Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meetings.
  • maintains online tools such as the IPPC website, the National Reporting Obligations (NRO) platform, the Online Commenting System (OCS), etc.
  • supports IPPC activities related to emerging pests and other plant health issues.

ePhyto Project Group:

  • maintain the project schedule for global implementation of the IPPC ePhyto Solution
  • coordinate the work of ePhyto Steering Group (ESG)
  • liaise with project partners (UNICC, NPPOs, RPPOs and donors)
  • provide support (policy related, technical) to on boarding countries

Organizational Structure of the IPPC Secretariat
IPPC Secretary
Jingyuan Xia
IPPC Secretary OiC
Marko Benovic
Budget and Planning Associate
Tommaso Teti
Project Management Associate
Tanja Lahti
Secretariat Office Assistant
Standard Setting Unit
Avetik Nersisyan
Standard Setting Unit Lead
Adriana Gonçalves Moreira
Deputy to SSU Lead, Standards Setting Officer
E-mail [email protected]
Agricultural engineer with PhD in Plant Pathology from top ranked agronomy universities in Latin America (ESALQ/USP - Brazil) it gives to Ms Adriana G. Moreira a strong technical background. She is an expert in plant pathology with emphasis in plant virology, with experience in research, teaching, laboratory coordinator, plant pathology/plant quarantine advisory, international agreements, project management and strategic planning. She is also author and co-author of scientific publications, book chapters and other type of training materials. Adriana G. Moreira joined the IPPC (and FAO) in October 2012, under the Standard Setting Unit as programme specialist. She is the Secretariat lead for the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP), Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT), several expert working groups, which have the objective of drafting International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and for the Standards Committee (leading the SC-7 each year). Adriana G. Moreira also act as liaison between the IPPC Secretariat and several international organizations by ensuring mutual interest agreements for common understating and implementation of IPPC strategic objectives, mission and vision. She is also part of the IPPC Task Force on Resource Mobilization and provides support for the IPPC Regional Workshops, being the Standard Setting Unit focal point. Before joining the IPPC Secretariat, Ms Moreira used to work in the seed industry, based in Brazil, and was the quarantine lead and plant pathologist senior for research (R&D) germplasm material. Coordinating a post-entry quarantine station accredited by the Brazilian NPPO, she worked with 15+ experts’ consultants from universities and research institutes for analysis on quarantine propagation material for: melon, watermelon, soybean, corn, tomatoes, peppers, brassicas, cucumber, squash, sugarcane, eucalyptus and sugar beet. She also worked with the development and implementation of plant pathogens prevention and control programs, for example the bacterial fruit blotch of curcubits (Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli), and with test performance of products.
Artur Shamilov
Standards Setting Officer
Janka Kiss
Standard Setting Unit Associate
E-mail [email protected]
Ms Janka Kiss, Standard Setting Associate – IPPC Secretariat, Standard Setting Unit I am a plant protection specialist with MSc in Plant protection and a BSc in Horticultural engineering. I have worked for the Hungarian NPPO in the Plant and Soil Protection Department on GLP experiments, and technical translation of reports. Previously I have worked in commercial fruit production and post-harvest technologies. I have been with the IPPC Secretariat since 2016 working with the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments, other expert working groups and the Standards Committee. I’m in charge of maintaining the IPPC Phytosanitary Treatments search tool and the call for phytosanitary treatments.
Aoife Cassin
Standard Setting Unit Associate
Aixa DelGreco
Standard Setting Unit Associate
Karen Rouen
Standard Setting Unit Associate
E-mail [email protected]
Scientific copy-editor of all IPPC standard setting documents, particularly ISPMs and meeting reports. Report writer for standard setting meetings. Also provides some editorial and report writing services to other IPPC Secretariat units. More than 20 years of experience in scientific publishing, and before that a PhD and 10 years as a freshwater biologist. Previous experience of developing European standards for freshwater biology methods. Worked for the IPPC Secretariat since 2016.
Alejandra Jimenez Tabares
Standard Setting Unit Assistant
Edgar Mushegyan
Standard Setting Unit Associate
Erika Mangili André
Standard Setting Unit Specialist
Implementation Facilitation Unit
Brent Larson
Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead
E-mail [email protected]
I am a Canadian national who began my career in 1989 with the Canadian federal department of agriculture investigating and assessing the feasibility of opportunities for agricultural diversification in Western Canada. In 1991 I took a field position overseeing the delivery of Plant Protection Programs in the province of Alberta, Canada, followed by a position in Ottawa, as the National Audit Officer, overseeing and auditing the delivery of the various Plant Protection and Seed Potato programs across Canada. I also worked with the Operations Branch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, co-ordinating the national delivery of Canada’s Plant Product programs. As the Canadian International Standards Officer, I coordinated Canada’s position on phytosanitary standards and represented Canada at various international meetings, including the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (ICPM) and the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In addition, I was a member of the North American Plant Protection Organization’s (NAPPO) working group and one of the North American representatives on the Commisoin on Phytosanitary Measures’ (CPM) Standards Committee. In 2002, I joined the IPPC Secretariat which is headquartered within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy as the Standards Officer. I was responsible for facilitating the CPM Standard Setting Process and related liaison work until February 2018. Since March 2018 I have taken over as the lead of the Implementation and Facilitation Unit of the IPPC Secretariat, I play the lead role in the Secretariat in supporting the implementation of the convention itself and the standards and recommendations adopted by the CPM and for coordinating the capacity development activities. I have organized several international workshops helping IPPC Contracting Parties to implement standards. In addition, I liaise with other international organizations, specifically with to build synergies and avoid duplication in supporting developing countries. As the implementation and capacity development activities of the IPPC Secretariat are project based, resource mobilization is another one of my main activities.
Sarah Brunel
Deputy to IFU Lead, Implementation Facilitation Officer
Denis Allex
International Phytosanitary Specialist
E-mail [email protected]
I have been involved in plant protection since the University. At the beginning of my career in the French ministry of Agriculture I was responsible for a plant clinic in Avignon (south of France), where farmers brought samples of plants, mainly fruits and vegetables, for diagnosis of pests and diseases. After that I became responsible for plant protection in another region of France. On 2005 I was detached for 6 years as temporary agent to the European Commission (DG SANTE Direction F, in Dublin (Ireland)), my task was to carry out audits for plant health in the Members States or third countries of the European Union. Then I returned to France for being deputy head of a department in charge of sanitary and phytosanitary import control. There, on one side I was personally in charge of supervising phytosanitary inspectors and on the other side I represented France as expert during negotiations in order to build new European Regulation for plant health. Now after local, national and European experience I have the chance to continue in plant health at international level in the frame of IPPC-FAO.
Barbara Peterson
Implementation Facilitation Officer
Ewa Czerwien
Implementation Facilitation Unit Assistant
Natsumi Yamada
Agricultural Officer
Leonardo Scarton
Intern
E-mail [email protected]
Master Student in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development graduating with an experimental thesis on Environmental Policy and Carbon Taxation. Currently Intern for IPPC Secretariat, supporting the organization of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measure’s Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), Sub-groups and teams. Freelance photographer during my free time.
Integration and Support Team
Arop Deng
Integration and Support Team Lead
Paola Sentinelli
Information Management Associate
Qingpo Yang
Integration and Support Officer
Riccardo Mazzucchelli
Public Information Associate
Sara Giuliani
Integration and Support Associate
Natalie Nicora
Integration and Support Team Assistant
Viivi Kuvaja
Associate Professional Officer
Riccardo Angela
Intern
John Gilmore
ePhyto Group
Craig Fedchock
IPPC Adviser, e-Phyto Group Lead
E-mail [email protected]
Mr. Fedchock is currently the senior advisor to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat. Previously, he was Coordinator of the Secretariat. He has previously held a number of positions with the USDA^^s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)Division, including Director of International Capacity Development, Associate Executive Director of the APHIS, PPQ Plant Health Programs, and the Director of the APHIS, PPQ Phytosanitary Issues Management (PIM) staff. Before joining the PIM staff, Mr. Fedchock was the Director of Bilateral SPS Affairs at the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Chief of Staff for APHIS International Services, and the Director for Asia Trade Policy in the APHIS International Services^^ Trade Support Team. While at USTR he was the lead negotiator for the United States on sanitary and phytosanitary issues in Free Trade Agreement negotiations and World Trade Organization accession discussions with several countries. Mr. Fedchock also worked in the Codex Office of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce^^s International Trade Administration. He also served as a Russian linguist in the United States Army.

Contact Details

  • International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat (IPPC)
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    00153 Rome, Italy
    Tel: +39-06-5705-4812
    E-mail:[email protected]