Dr. Arie Havelaar is a preeminent professor at the University of Florida, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Animal Sciences Department. His current research focuses on global food systems, foodborne and livestock-related diseases, and risk assessment of the burden of foodborne diseases. He oversees both MSc and PhD student and has authored or co-authored over 100 publications including peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, book chapters, and presentations. Dr. Havelaar has also received numerous awards including the Rudolf Schülke Hygiene Award, Jenner Medal (RIVM, Bilthoven, the Netherlands), and the Risk Analysis Best Paper Award (USA).
Having received an MSc with honors in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Dr. Havelaar went on to receive a PhD in Mathematics and Biology from Utrecht State University in the Netherlands and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Previously, he served as a principal scientist for the Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. He was also a professor emeritus in Microbial Risk Assessment at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University in the Netherlands in addition to being a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (USA). Dr. Havelaar has served as Chair for the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for over 10 years and also serves as chair of the External Advisory Board for the New Zealand Food Safety and Research Consortium. He will serve on the TARTARE steering committee in addition to working with the Disease Burden, Economics/Risk Assessment, and Risk Ranking/Prioritizaton teams.