Biosafety Heroes Program

The IFBA’s Biosafety Heroes program identifies and celebrates extraordinary individuals who make significant contributions to help others in the field of biorisk management. Biosafety Heroes serve as role models, showing others that everyone is important in the global fight against infectious diseases.

The IFBA has created a Biosafety Heroes program to identify and celebrate extraordinary individuals who make significant contributions to help others in the field of biosafety and biosecurity. IFBA Biosafety Heroes are exceptional and inspiring individuals honored by the global biosafety community as having made a difference for the better. Biosafety Heroes serve as role models, showing others that each individual is important and can contribute to the global fight against infectious diseases.

Selection Criteria:
  • Nominees are selected on their uniqueness, the specific accomplishments they have achieved that are truly remarkable, and the impact their work has had on others.
  • Preference is given to individuals who
    • operate in an environment where biosafety/biosecurity funds are limited, and/or where the importance of biosafety and biosecurity is not fully appreciated.
    • have not yet been recognized with other biosafety or biosecurity awards.
  • Nominations are welcome for people at all stages in their careers.
Selection Mechanism:
  • Nominations can be made by anyone. They should be emailed to Vishnu Kandasamy, International Federation of Biosafety Associations at
    • The deadline for nominations for the 2023 awards is 20 December 2023.
    • Nominations are welcome at any time. Once received they will be considered for at least one year.
  • Winners are chosen by a selection committee based on the criteria outlined above.

View the IFBA Biosafety Heroes Flyer 2023 here

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.

Gordon Mpamize

Public Health Specialist
Joint Clinical Research Centre
IFBA Certified Professional in Biorisk Management, Biosecurity and Biowaste Management

Past recipients of the Biosafety Hero Award
  • 2011 – Aamer Ikram (Pakistan), Indrawati Sendwo (Indonesia), Namazbek Abdikerimov (Kyrgyz Republic), Jean Gratz (Tanzania)
  • 2012 – Siripan Wongwanich (Thailand), Edith Tria (Philippines), Dinara Turegeldieva (Kazakhstan)
  • 2013 – Lela Bakanidze (Georgia), Mahama Touré (Ivory Coast)
  • 2014 – José Alberto Díaz‐Quiñonez (Mexico), Atef ElGendy (Egypt)
  • 2015 – T.S. Saraswathy (Malaysia), Albert Bunyasi (Kenya), Leila Macedo (Brazil)
  • 2016 – Miguel Martin N. Moreno II (Philippines), Doris Bota (Kenya)
  • 2017 – Diah Iskandriati (Indonesia), Faizatul Lela Jafar (Malaysia)
  • 2018 – Deo B. Ndumu (Uganda)
  • 2019 – Abeer Elsayed Abdelaziz Mohamed (Egypt), Olga Burduniuc (Moldova)
  • 2020 – Selmania Abderrahmen (Algeria), Nasir Ahmed Stanikzai (Afghanistan) – 10th Anniversary
  • 2021 – Dan Dano Ibrahim (Niger)
  • 2022 – Lim Yang Mooi (Malaysia), James Marcomic Maragia (Kenya)