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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
Founder

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

TeKimiti Gilbert

TeKimiti Gilbert
Program Manager MA Colombia

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

Dr. Georgies Mgode

Dr. Georgies Mgode
Program Manager TB Tanzania

Dr. Georgies Mgode is a Research Fellow specializing on zoonotic diseases including tuberculosis (TB ... Read more

Ashley Fitzpatrick

Ashley Fitzpatrick
Grant & Regional Manager

In 2017 Ashley took on a new regional role with APOPO as Grant & Regional Manager supportin ... Read more

Dr. Negussie Beyene

Dr. Negussie Beyene
Program Manager, TB Ethiopia

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

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy
Program Manager, MA Cambodia

Paul joined APOPO in September 2015 as the Programme Manager for Cambodia. Prior to this, Paul has w ... Read more

Dr. Cynthia Fast

Dr. Cynthia Fast
Head of Training and Behavioural Research

Dr. Cynthia Fast holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Psychology specialising in Learnin ... 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

Dr. Lena Fiebig

Dr. Lena Fiebig
Head of TB

Lena joined APOPO in July 2017 as Head of Tuberculosis (TB). She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from ... Read more

Håvard Bach

Håvard Bach
Head of Mine Action

Håvard has a long and varied mine action background, with involvement in almost all aspects of mine ... Read more

James Pursey

James Pursey
Head of Communications

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

Bastian van Mierlo

Bastian van Mierlo
Head of IT

Bastian Van Mierlo is strengthening the APOPO team by taking the lead on APOPO’s IT architecture. ... 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

Ronald Simon

Ronald Simon
Finance and Administration Manager

Ronald Simon joined APOPO as Finance and Administration Manager in September 2015. He holds a Master ... Read more

Robin Toal

Robin Toal
Head of Public Fundraising

Robin Toal has been involved with APOPO for the past three years and has driven the development of A ... Read more

Board members

Joris Schoofs

Joris Schoofs
Board Member

Joris Schoofs holds a Master in Commerce as well as a Master in Business Administration. He build hi ... Read more

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

Dr. Adee Schoon

Dr. Adee Schoon
Board Member

Dr. Adee Schoon is a leading scientific expert in the olfactory detection capabilities of animals. & ... 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

Herwig Leirs

Herwig Leirs
Board member

Herwig Leirs is a professor of Zoology and Population Ecology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. ... Read more

Thierry De Meulder

Thierry De Meulder
Board Member

Thierry developed his career in the energy market, oil and natural gas, first as a manager and later ... Read more

Jan De Bisschop

Jan De Bisschop
Board Member

Jan De Bisschop is a Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Liaison Office and Representation to the Eur ... Read more

TB Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. David Dowdy

Dr. David Dowdy

David Dowdy is an epidemiologist and general internist with an interest in TB diagnostics. After rec ... Read more

Dr. Stewart Reid

Dr. Stewart Reid

Stewart E. Reid, MD, FRCP(C), MPH, is Research Associate Professor of Medicine in the Institute of G ... Read more

Lucy Chesire

Lucy Chesire

Lucy Chesire of Kenya is the Executive Director and Secretary to the board of  Tuberculosis Con ... Read more

Dr. Eveline Klinkenberg

Dr. Eveline Klinkenberg

Eveline Klinkenberg is a senior epidemiologist. She has a PhD (2006) from the Liverpool School of Tr ... Read more

Dr. Grant Theron

Dr. Grant Theron

Grant Theron is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, Sou ... Read more

Dr. Andrew Kitua

Dr. Andrew Kitua

Dr. Andrew Kitua, M.D., MSc, PhD. is an epidemiologist with vast experience in clinical research (ma ... Read more