Management team

Christophe Cox

Christophe Cox
CEO

Christophe leads APOPO's team, with many years of management experience in East Africa. Christophe h ... Read more

Bart Weetjens

Bart Weetjens
Corporate Affairs

Bart initiated the idea to train rats as an appropriate technology to detect landmines and to screen ... Read more

TeKimiti Gilbert

TeKimiti Gilbert
Head of Mine Action

TeKimiti joined the APOPO team in March 2012 as our Head of Mine Action. Prior to that he had a succ ... Read more

Tesfazghi Tewelde

Tesfazghi Tewelde
Program Manager, MA Mozambique

Tesfazghi (aka Tess) came on board as Program Manager for APOPO'’s Mozambique Mine Action Program ... Read more

Dr. Alan Poling

Dr. Alan Poling
Sr. Behavioral Researcher

Alan has a Ph.D in Psychology and is a professor at Western Michigan University. He is an experience ... Read more

Dr. Negussie Beyene

Dr. Negussie Beyene
Program Manager, TB Tanzania

Negussie has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and was an Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa Universit ... Read more

Dr. Timothy Edwards

Dr. Timothy Edwards
Head of Training and Behavioral Research

Timothy has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University. He has designed, conducted, and ... Read more

Kjersti Tokle Fjellhaug

Kjersti Tokle Fjellhaug
Mine Action Advisor

Kjersti has a Master degree in Gender, Social Anthropology and Development. She has 10 years of mine ... Read more

Dr. Emilio Valverde

Dr. Emilio Valverde
Program Manager, TB Mozambique

Emilio Valverde joined APOPO in September 2012 as Program Manager for the TB project in Mozambique. ... Read more

Francisco Gregorio

Francisco Gregorio
Program Manager, MA Angola

Francisco Gregorio brings to APOPO eighteen years of field experience in Mine Action, having held va ... Read more

Dr. Christiaan Mulder

Dr. Christiaan Mulder
Epidemiologist

Christiaan holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases from the University of Amsterdam. He ... Read more

Kim Warren

Kim Warren
Program Manager, APOPO Thailand and Cambodia

Kim came on board as Program Manager for APOPO’s Thailand Mine Action Program in February 2013. Ki ... Read more

Shuping Wang

Shuping Wang
Finance & Administration Manager

Shuping has a master's degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University. She worked at a Fortun ... Read more

Liesbet Van Wijk

Liesbet Van Wijk
Human Resources and Belgium Office Support

Liesbet has 9 years experience in human resources, working mainly as a consultant for various assign ... Read more

James Pursey

James Pursey
Communications Manager

James joined APOPO in 2013. His background includes a career in wildlife documentary television  be ... Read more

Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith
Program Manager, APOPO Laos

Clinton joined APOPO in January 2014 as Program Manager for APOPO Laos. Clinton has over 14 years of ... Read more

Board members

HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium

HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium
Honorary President

Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium became the Honorary President of APOPO in 2009, suppo ... Read more

Diane Verstraeten

Diane Verstraeten
Chairwoman

Diane holds a Masters Degree in Economics and diplomatic sciences, as well as a Master in Management ... Read more

Professor Mic Billet

Professor Mic Billet
Pro-Chairman

Mic is a sociologist and psychologist who lectured at Antwerp University. In the late 1960s he co-fo ... Read more

Josse Van Steenberge

Josse Van Steenberge
Vice-Chairman

Josse is APOPO's Vice-Chairperson and honorary Rector of the Antwerp University. Josse has a Ph.D in ... Read more

Rudy Van Eysendeyk

Rudy Van Eysendeyk

From 2000 to 2010, Rudy was the General Manager of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, turning ... Read more

Gerrit Ruitinga

Gerrit Ruitinga

Gerrit Ruitinga has been the chairman of the Dutch Petroleum Federation since 2005. He studied at Er ... Read more

Piet Van Hove

Piet Van Hove

Piet Van Hove is the head of the International Relations Office of the University of Antwerp, Belgiu ... Read more