Geert Haghebaert joined UNU-CRIS as an Associate Research Fellow in the Nature, Climate and Health cluster. As a Visiting Research Fellow in 2021, he contributed to a reflection paper for the UNDP project “Recovery Paths for Latin America and the Caribbean: Multilateral Partnerships for Building Beyond the Post-COVID Recovery” focusing on health and the health system in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.
Geert Haghebaert was a senior advisor for health systems of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) between 2019 and 2022 where he worked on the strategic analysis, capacity building and sustainable humanitarian impact of the ICRC's hospital projects. He served on the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2015 to 2019 as an expert on Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health. From 2009 until 2018 he worked in international development with health systems and sector budget support for the Belgian Bilateral Cooperation agency (Enabel) in Peru and for the European Commission in Mozambique. He worked on diverse humanitarian and cooperation projects as well as evaluations in Africa, Europe and Latin America and Caribbean since 1991. He was member of the editorial committee of the Series: Salud y Desplazamiento (Health and Displacement) in Colombia, PAHO/WHO, 2005 and lead the training module on health and complex emergencies for PAHO/WHO Leaders/Lideres” course between 2001 and 2007. He has a particular interest in the humanitarian - development – peace nexus and the sustainability of development aid for health.
Geert Haghebaert holds a MD from KU Leuven, a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and postgraduate diplomas in Tropical Medicine, Public Health and Management.