Professor Dr H.M. Hafez was born in 1947 in Egypt. He conducted his studies of veterinary medicine at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Egypt in Cairo. Between 1971 and 1975 he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Poultry Disease at the same University and subsequently gained his degree as a Master of Veterinary Science. In 1981, he was given the doctoral degree at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
From 1981 to 1985 he served at the Diagnostic State lab in Stuttgart, and in 1987 he was promoted to a leader position of the poultry and virology unit of this institution. In 1994, he submitted his dir. habilitatus (Dr med. vet. habil.) thesis at the department of Poultry Diseases, the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, and achieved the degree for the field of poultry diseases and hygiene at the same university. Since 1996, he is honour professor at University of Hohenheim, and since 2009 at the Alexandria University in Egypt. In 1997, he moved to Berlin after being hired as a full professor for poultry diseases and served as the director of the Institute of Poultry Disease of the Free University of Berlin, Germany, for many years. In March 2016, he officially retired but continued to serve the University as a guest professor at the Institute of Poultry Diseases until today. Professor Hafez is a Certified Specialist for Poultry diseases since 1982, for Microbiology since 1989, and Animal Hygiene since 1996. He was recognized as a Diplomate for Veterinary Public health (EDVPH) in 2005, and later in 2009 as a Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS), for which he was also a founding member and one of the past presidents. Furthermore, he is engaged in the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA), for which he was elected as a president in 2005. Professor Hafez is well known as the organizer of the International Symposia on Turkey Diseases as well as Turkey Production, which he hosted for many years. In 2019, he hosted the 13th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Diseases in Berlin. With his personal engagement within the WPSA, nationally within the German group but also internationally as chair of working group 10 (turkeys) of the European Branch of the WPSA, he can be recognized as an international poultry specialist with outstanding professional performance in the field. Professor Hafez is considered as an internationally known and frequently consulted poultry specialist. He was recognized for his achievement by being awarded a variety of prices. To name a few: the Karl-Fritzsche-Award for the area of infection medicine of the Germany Veterinary Society e.V. (DVG) in 1993, or repeated awards from the agricultural academy of the Veterinary University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2000 and 2002. He showed a significant engagement in postgraduate education and supported more than 80 doctoral students, and participated as a PI or Co-PI in many national and international research projects. His professional network is exceptional, with connections to many countries worldwide. During the last years, his research focused on not only bacterial diseases of poultry and welfare aspects, but also addressed poultry diseases of international importance such as Avian Influenza. He contributed to the knowledge and understanding of poultry diseases and the field of poultry sciences with over 300 publications and countless lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.