“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb
It was with this sentiment in mind that Frank Cobelens began his work as Chair of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development in 2016. Frank: “We want to go far and expand. It is the only way to be fit for the future”. From the start of his time at AIGHD, Frank understood the impact that global health experts, and specifically global health expertise within Amsterdam, could have on the world. Over the years, Frank and the executive board have made strides in connecting interdisciplinary researchers at AIGHD.
Frank will continue at AIGHD as a Senior Fellow and will spend more time focusing on his research at AIGHD and at Amsterdam UMC. He will continue teaching and supervising undergraduate and PhD students and will continue combining that with advocacy for global health, in particular in my favorite field of research, poverty-related diseases.
Before stepping down Frank shared his thoughts in an interview, on his time at AIGHD, his vision for the future of global health in Amsterdam, and some of his proudest moments as director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.
The interview with Frank Cobelens can be found on the AIGHD website.