African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) Leadership and Membership Retention Mentoring Workshop

CRDF Global and African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) have just concluded a four-day mentorship workshop in Nairobi for the secretariat, Vice President and President. The workshop was conducted by Timothy Trevan, a mentor with specialization in member engagement and retention.

This workshop is in line with CRDF Global and AfBSA objectives to build on their strong ties to address and strengthen gaps in the association's ability to engage and retain members as well as increase AfBSA financial stability.

Election results

On behalf of AfBSA family, I would like to express our appreciation to the AfBSA Headquarter Office, for professional management of the second part of election. The Election was conducted via the AfBSA website and was only open to only AfBSA members in good standing. The members were contacted via email with a secure username and password to log on to the site and review the profiles of the candidates and to vote. The election process concluded on 2nd August 2015.

Therefore on behalf of the AfBSA community, I would like to congratulate

  • Fayiz Abakar, (AfBSA, Vice President)
  • Nicolas Bouchet, AfBSA Council Member (West Africa)
  • Anastasia Trataris-Rebisz, AfBSA Council Member (South Africa)
  • Larbi Baassi, AfBSA Council Member (North Africa)

We congratulate the elected officials and we are sure that they are going to conduct duties with due diligence, all the best to them in their new responsibilities. Over the coming week we will provide guidance on the outstanding positions;

Yours Sincerely

Atef El-Gendy, PhD,RBP

President, AfBSA

2015-2016 Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship: Call for Applications

CRDF Global is interested in soliciting applications from Mali and Egypt for the 2015-2016 Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship (RCMF), and appreciates your assistance in sending out the attached application to women you believe are suitable for this fellowship and fit the following criteria:

1.          The fellow must be early-to-mid-career women.

2.          The fellow must have professional and academic experience or interest in international security and in gaining policy and technical subject matter expertise in biosecurity and biological weapons proliferation issues and dedicated to advancing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) nonproliferation norms and policies throughout their careers.

3.          The fellow must speak and understand English.

4.          The fellow must be willing to travel to the United States for six months.


The Fellowship:

·         Duration: The fellowship lasts for one-year, with six months in the United States and six months in Mali and Egypt.

·         Phases: The fellowship is broken into three phases as follows:

·         Phase I: Enroll in a three-month course at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California focusing on nonproliferation topics. The fellow will write a final research paper at the conclusion of the program.

·         Phase II: Participate in a three-month internship at a leading nonproliferation organization based in Washington, D.C.

·         Phase III: Complete a capstone project in her home country over the duration of six months.


CRDF Global will work with the fellow while in the U.S. to further explain and prepare for this phase. The application submission deadline is May 10, 2015. Applicants can reach out to CRDF directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding this opportunity.




AfBSA 2015/2016 Election Announcement

AfBSA 2015/2016 Election Announcement for the following positions

1) AfBSA Vice President
2) AfBSA Honorary Treasurer
3) AfBSA Secretary General
4) AfBSA Council Member (North Africa)
5) AfBSA Council Member (West Africa)
6) AfBSA Council Member (East Africa)
7) AfBSA Council Member (South Africa)
8) AfBSA Council Member (Central Africa Region)

Read more: AfBSA 2015/2016 Election Announcement

Internal Auditing & Assessment Guidelines for Medical Laboratories Training Course

The African Biological Safety Association is undertaking a 5 day course aimed to provide Guidelines for quality and environmental management systems auditing, knowledge and skills in monitoring implementation of laboratory quality management systems as an essential element of international recognition and accreditation of laboratories.
The course will enable delegates (trainees) to gain knowledge on the guidelines and principles when conducting internal audit in medical laboratories from hands on facilitators.

Read more: Internal Auditing & Assessment Guidelines for Medical Laboratories Training Course

Primary Contacts

To send feedback, suggestions or register as a member please contact:

African Biological Safety Association

Fairlane House off Mbagathi Road

P.O Box 35749-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254-714283195, +254-020-5256052 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.