Dr. Alejandro Thiermann



Dr. Thiermann served, for 15 years, as president of the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Code Commission, the standard setting committee animal health and welfare, including the chapters on antimicrobial resistance. He has been seconded to the OIE, by the U.S.Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA_APHIS), to serve this function, as well as special advisor to the Director General.

From 1996 to 2001, he was the Senior Trade Coordinator for USDA-APHIS in Brussels, with responsibility over Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia and the former Soviet Republics.

From 1997 to 1999 he was twice elected Chairman of the Word Trade Organization’s WTO-SPS Committee. He has been a member of the Code Commission since 1994, and president until 2015.

A native of Chile, Dr. Thiermann received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Chile at Santiago, and a PhD degree from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Dr. Thiermann has just retired after 37 years with USDA and 21 years in the Code Commission of the OIE. He will maintain his residence in Paris, France and will continue to serve as advisor to Dr. Monique Eloit, the OIE’s new Director General. Dr. Thiermann will also do limited consultancies.