The following outstanding individual who, through recognition by an international panel of their peers, has been awarded the distinction of being named IFBA’s 2023 Biosafety Hero.
2023 IFBA Biosafety Hero
Mr. Gordon Mpamize is a Public Health Specialist with special focus on Health Services Management and policy. Mr. Gordon Mpamize holds a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences, master’s degree in public health. Mr. Gordon Mpamize is a certified Biorisk Management, Biosecurity and Biowaste Management professional by International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA). Mr. Gordon Mpamize has fifteen (15) years of progressive professional practical experience in public health service delivery as a medical Laboratory professional, management of emerging diseases/outbreaks at lab level, supply chain and management, transition and development programmatic contexts. Of the fifteen (15) years, five (5) are overseas international experience. Currently, Mr. Gordon Mpamize is working with the Joint Clinical Research Centre as the project manager for the CDC laboratory strengthening project (strengthening public health laboratory systems) in Uganda, supporting National Health Laboratory and Diagnostic Services in the key areas of Biorisk Management (Biosafety and Biosecurity), Quality management systems-lab accreditation on 15189:12,22 and equipment maintenance and calibration -Biosafety Cabinets and other medical equipment management. Gordon previously worked with the United Mission in South Sudan as a Laboratory services technical head (Yambio) and was responsible for developing laboratory program, providing technical laboratory assistance, surveillance, management of biosafety/biosecurity, laboratory quality management systems. He also worked with the World Health Organization EMRO/WHE/IHP as a laboratory technical officer and was responsible for supporting 22 countries in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) to coordinate the laboratory services and expanded laboratory network for COVID-19 genomic testing (more than 2000 labs were established) and other emerging/re-emerging diseases in EMR. Gordon supported three countries ie South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia to establish biosafety associations and enrolled more professionals on IFBA certification program.