Frans M. van den Boom, Ph.D., M.M.O., leads the Human Vaccines Project, Europe. Van den Boom has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience in international, multilingual and cross-cultural organizations, ranging from startups to mature organizations. He held previous positions with Qatar Foundation Research & Development as executive director for policy, planning and evaluation; the Dutch Top Sector Life Sciences and Health as executive director and secretary general; the National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development as president and CEO; and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative as vice president of Country and Regional Programs. Van den Boom has unique experience working with state and non-state actors in high-, middle-, and low-income countries, working at the interfaces of political outreach, public policy development, planning, resource mobilization, and communication. He has long-term experience in research, analysis, and evaluation; project and program management; and leading grant-making organizations, and resource mobilization efforts.
Van den Boom holds an M.M.O. degree from the TIAS School for Business and Society, University of Tilburg (Netherlands). He attained an M.S. degree from Radboud University (Netherlands) and taught social sciences as a faculty member. After completing his Ph.D. at University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), he became a member of the faculty of medicine.