Hafez M. Hafez

 Professor Dr.

Institute of Poultry Diseases 
Free University Berlin
Berlin, Germany 


Poultry production and health: Current and future challenges.
Slot K7-01 - Friday 10 June 2022 - 15:00 - 15:30



Professor Hafez obtained his Master of Veterinary science in poultry diseases in 1967 from the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt, and his Dr. med. vet. degree from Giessen University, Germany in 1981. He obtained his Dr. med. Vet. habilitation from the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Munich University, Germany in 1994.

From 1982-1996, he served as Veterinary Poultry Disease Specialist, Veterinary Microbiology Specialist, and Veterinary Animal Hygiene Specialist that was granted to him by State Veterinary Medicine Chamber of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was elected as a Diplomat of European College of Veterinary Public health (Dipl. ECVPH), and as a Diplomat of European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (Dipl. ECPVS) in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Between 1981 to 1985 he worked at Poultry Health Service Stuttgart, Epidemic Veterinary Division, State of Baden- Württemberg. Then after until 1997 he served as a head Poultry and Virology Department at State Veterinary Laboratory Stuttgart.  From 1997- 2016, he served as the Head of the Institute of Poultry Diseases at the Free University, Berlin. Following his assignment as the Head of this institute, he was named and served as Guest “Senior” Professor until 2021. In addition, he was selected as an Honorary Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and at Alexandria University, Egypt in 1996 and 2009., respectively. Professor Hafez served as the President of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) from 2005-2011, and as the Vice President from 2011-2015. He is currently an Honorary President of WVPA.

From 1998-2020, Professor Hafez served as the Chairman of Poultry Scientific Committee of the German Veterinary Chamber, and the German Branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA). Also, he has been serving as Chairman of Working Group 10 (Turkey) of European Branch of World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) from 1999 until present.

Hafez's research interest has been focused on diagnosis and control of poultry diseases, and on foodborne diseases, management, and animal welfare and hygiene. Since 2015, he has been serving as an advisor of the Arab Federation for Food Industries (AFFI). Since 2020 he is Member of the Hall of fame of World Poultry Science Association (WPSA)


He served as the Major Advisor for 80 candidates for Dr. med. vet., and two candidates for Dr. med. vet. habil. theses in the field of basic and applied poultry production and diseases.

In collaboration with his colleagues, Professor Hafez published one textbook on Turkey diseases, and a second book on primary diseases on poultry farms. He authored or co-authored, 277 scientific articles, plus 54 book chapter. In addition, he served as the Editor of 12 proceedings books of the International Symposium on Turkey Diseases, and 10 proceedings on Turkey Production and Health Meetings held over the last two decades in Berlin, Germany.

Professor Hafez received numerous invitations as Keynote Speaker at International Scientific Congresses and he gave 561 presentations in 59 different countries around the world.