Eric Stobbaerts, International Development Director, DNDi

Eric Stobbaerts joined DNDi in March 2009 as Policy & Advocacy Coordinator of the Chagas Campaign on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the disease. He became the Regional Executive Director for Latin America in January 2010 for six years until January 2016. Under his leadership, Eric successfully developed the scope of the regional office, contributing to widening the impact of research and advocacy through effective partnerships in the field of neglected diseases in Latin America.

Part of the global team, Eric is now heading the DNDi international network and guides its development together with the leadership of DNDi’s regional offices (Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Cape Town, Kinshasa, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, and New York).

For 20 years, Eric worked with Médecins Sans Frontières as Head of Mission in several contexts (Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, former Yugoslavia, Indonesia, Egypt, and the MENA region). In 1998, he took over the executive direction of MSF in Spain, one of five MSF Operational Centres, until 2004. From 2004 onwards, he consulted for various international NGOs in London and headed the delegate office of MSF in Brazil. Eric has an MBA from the University of Geneva after completing studies in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Louvain.