Olaf Valverde, T.B. Rhodesiense HAT Leader, DNDi

Dr Olaf Valverde Mordt is Leader in the T.B. Rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) project. He joined DNDi as Clinical Project Manager in June 2009.

Dr Valverde, who previously served as Country Coordinator for Médecins du Monde in Indonesia, has over 20 years of field experience in Developing Countries, including 4 years as Field Officer for the MSF Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in Guatemala and Indonesia were he participated in the initial steps of access to AIDS treatment in Central America.

From 1987 until 2006, Dr Valverde held various positions at Médecins Sans Frontières in Latin America, Africa, and Asia where he also had the opportunity to supervise several ACT efficacy studies and epidemiological research, especially on malaria. He was general Director of the Spanish section of MSF between 1995 and 1997. He dealt with Human African Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (1989), Angola (1995) and DR of Congo (2003). In the last two countries he explored and prepared two intervention proposals on areas with epidemic level of trypanosomiasis.

He received his medical training at the Complutense University of Madrid (1984), was awarded a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the University of Barcelona (1988) and a Master of Sciences in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1994).