Project Director Maarten van Cleeff, MD, MSc, PhD, offers more than 33 years of effective leadership and management of TB control programs in developing countries. He combines extensive expertise in the design and management of complex TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment programs with advanced technical knowledge. He was the also director of the TB CARE I Project and also led the predecessor flagship programs starting in 2002. In these positions, he has been responsible for directing and managing efforts to strengthen TB control in more than 35 USAID-supported countries, in collaboration with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
He provides global technical leadership as a member of numerous international TB panels, TWGs, and organizations. He works extensively with USAID, the GF and other donors, NTP Managers and other stakeholders, host-country government officials, NGOs, academic institutions, and partners. Before joining KNCV, he spent 11 years as an international public health consultant with the Royal Netherlands Tropical Institute. He was active in pioneering the implementation of short-course chemotherapy, which later became the DOTS strategy model for global TB control. Dr. van Cleeff earned his MD and PhD in medicine from the University of Amsterdam, and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was recently awarded with the Karel Styblo Public Health Prize.