A trained Veterinary Doctor, Dr Akier Assanta Maf also obtained a diploma in Water and Environment Sanitation, a Master’s degree in Pathology and Veterinary Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Food Microbiology at University of Laval both in Canada. Dr Akier did his Postdoctoral training in Hygiene, Food Safety and Biosecurity at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Since 1997, Dr Akier has been a Research Scientist in Hygiene, Food Safety and Biosecurity at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition at University of Laval. Dr Akier is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and since 2007, Akier has been the President of the International Symposium of Food Safety and Processing in the DRC. Akier has published extensively in peer review scientific journals, books, book chapters, reports, and etc. As an internationally recognized authority in his domain, Akier was awarded a grant by UNESCO for research and technology transfer between Canada and the DRC particularly in raising food safety awareness to the people of the DRC and another award from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for all his accomplishments in Hygiene and Food Safety. Akier also manages an important project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services of the Quebec Government on the control of nosocomial infections in hospital environments. Since 2015, Akier has been the Chair director of Food Safety and Security at the University of Lubumbashi and a member of the Board of Governors’ at the University of New Horizons, both in the DRC.
His research Interest activities spans from veterinary medicine, food technology and analysis, preservation, safety, microbiology, toxicology, hygiene and poisoning, and molecular biology, meat science, epidemiology, quality assurance and control among others.