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National Node of the BCH
Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2009-10-04 20:34 UTC (omtayebom@gmail.com)
Date of publication
2009-10-05 15:36 UTC (erie.tamale@un.org)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Egypt
Profile of the Expert
Philip L. Bereano, Professor Emeritus, technolgy and society, University of Washington, taught risk analysis for 35 years. He  participated in all negotiating sessions of the Cartagena Protocol, all COP/MOPs, and meetings of the Working Group on Liability and Redress.  He is on the Roster of Experts and assisted the Secretariat in its BCH training course in Curitiba.  He was a researcher under a GEF-World Bank funded project evaluating biosafety capacity building through the Free University of Amsterdam.  Bereano has lectured on biosafety and risk at universities in Hanoi, Tromso, Barcelona, and Harvard (at the invitation of Calestous Juma) and written many relevant scholarly and popular articles. He has participated in numerous biosafety meetings of the Codex Alimentarius, and served on the FAO Expert Seminar on Health Risks via the Environment from GMOs. He recently lectured at a GEF-funded workshop on risk assessment at the invitation of the Egyptian government.
Personal Information
Philip Bereano
United States of America
Phone:+1 206 543-9037
  • Male
  • American
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
retired, Univ of Washington
Type of organization
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Department / Division / Unit
Start date
Main responsibilities
Education and advocacy on public interest policies re: risks of genetic engineering
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Name of academic institution
Cornell University
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Masters of Regional Planning
Name of academic institution
Cornell University
Start date
Ending date
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Information and communication technology
  • Evaluation
  • Nutritional traits
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
"Harmony or Havoc? The Biosafety Protocol, the Codex Alimentarius and the World Trade Organization," with Eliott Peacock, SciDev.Net website, Fall, 2004;
Review assistance, An Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, MacKenzie, et al, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Environmental Law Centre) and Foundation for International Law and Development, January 2003
The Human Genome Project as a Social Enterprise," Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, MacMillian & Co., U.K. (April 2003)
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, "for contributions to understanding the role of science and technology in society," 1982
Selected by Seattle Times as one of the 100 People of Influence (July 9, 1995):  "He's also an engaging and original thinker, grudgingly respected even by those he challenges."    
King County Council Recognition/Award, 1994 for "involvement in the community and the scientific world (which) has set a standard of service for others to recognize and follow."
Professional memberships
have let them lapse upon retirement
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Washington State Legislature, Task Force on gentic Discrimination, 2001-2002
Washington State, Nuclear Waste Advisory Council, 1986-88 (public interest member)
Chair, American Civil Liberties Union, Committee on Databases and Civil Liberties, 1999-present
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • English
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • Spanish
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • Spanish
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • Spanish
Dr. Moustafa Fouda
Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency
Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA)
30, Misr Helwan El-Zyrae Rd. 7th floor
Phone:+202 524 8792,+202 527 1391
Fax:+202 527 1391
Url:Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA)