“The NAPPO Executive Committee is composed of the head of NPPO of each member country or its designated representative. In Canada, the representative is the Chief Plant Health Officer of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or her/his delegate. In the United States, it is the Deputy Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) In Mexico, it is the Director General of Plant Health of the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish and Food (SENASICA, based on the Spanish acronym).
The responsibilities of the EC members include:
- Provide leadership, council and strategic planning for NAPPO
- Oversee the activities and performance of the ED and the AMC
- Approve the annual work program and appoint appropriate personnel to participate in NAPPO EGs
- Approve the annual budget and review the annual financial statement
- Approve NAPPO RSPMs and other NAPPO documents
- Report the results of NAPPO activities to the appropriate authorities and stakeholders
Gregory Wolff began his government career in agriculture with the Government of Alberta in 1996. He joined the federal government in 2000 and has held a variety of agriculture-related positions focused on plant health and international trade, based mostly in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
In 2017-18, he led the development of Canada’s Plant and Animal Health Strategy. Greg’s other government experience includes roles in the Minister of Agriculture’s office and at the Privy Council Office.
Greg is currently Director of the Plant Import/Export Division in the CFIA’s International Affairs Branch.
Mr. Francisco Ramírez y Ramírez was confirmed as the new director-general for Plant Health on March 21. His predecessor, Dr. Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, now director of SENASICA confirmed his appointment, and highlighted his phytosanitary contributions towards preventing, controlling and eradicating plant pests and diseases in Mexico. Mr. Ramírez y Ramírez is an agronomist specialized in parasitology from Chapingo Autonomous University. He has 37 years of professional experience in phytosanitary issues at the state and federal levels having occupied several high profile positions in the Plant Health General Directorate at SENASICA.
He served as director of the National Phytosanitary Reference Center where he was responsible for the development and deployment of the National System for Phytosanitary Epidemiological Surveillance (SINAVEF); later, he assumed the General Directorate for Agriculture and Livestock in San Luis Potosí. Most recently, Francisco worked at the Directorate for Domestic Fruit Fly Programs where he focused on implementation of fruit fly free areas and maintaining Mexico’s Mediterranean fruit fly-free status. In 2017, he received the Plant Health National Award for Phytosanitary Merit.