Koen MintiensMember of: Permanent Staff
Function: Head Veterinary Public Health Unit
Koen Mintiens, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ECVPH was born in 1966. Koen holds a degree of doctor in veterinary medicine and a MSc training in Biostatistics. He has been awarded a de facto membership of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. He started his professional career as research scientist for the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, being involved in the control of vector-borne animal diseases in Africa. After returning to Belgium, Koen became a specialist in the epidemiology and risk analysis of emerging animal diseases and zoonoses, first as research assistant at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, later as Head of the Coordination Centre for Veterinary Diagnostic at CODA-CERVA, the Belgian Federal Veterinary Research Institute. Koen has been providing science-based expert advice to national and international authorities related to the control of emerging animal diseases and zoonoses for more than 17 years. He has been consultant for the European Commission (DG SANCO), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Koen has equally been involved in contingency planning and the organization of simulation exercises. He has been member of the Steering Committee of the Emergency Plan for Emerging Diseases of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, the Belgian Antibiotic Policy Coordination Commission, the Belgian National Plan for Influenza Pandemic and the Network for Crisis Prevention of the Federal Public Service for Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment. From 2008-2010 he worked with Vose Software as Senior Risk Analysis Consultant to further develop the application of risk analysis and epidemiology in the field of emerging human and animal diseases and food safety. Koen joined Avia-GIS in February 2011 and is Head of the Animal and Veterinary Public Health Business Unit.