Changing of the guards at KNCV Board of Trustees

KNCV’s Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Dr. Zemzem Shigute Shuka, appointed by the KNCV General Assembly to the Board of Trustees per January 1, 2024.

“I am excited to welcome Dr Shuka to the Board of Trustees,” says Mirella Visser LL.M., Chair Supervisory Board KNCV. “Dr Shuka brings very pertinent experience and insights from the Global South. This will strengthen the effectiveness of the Board in its oversight role. On the BoT team we are greatly looking forward to working with Dr Shuka.”

Zemzem Shigute Shuka is Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Development and Policy Research, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Her research interests include applied microeconomics in the areas of Global Health, Impact Evaluation of Social Protection Programs, Community-Based Health and Development Interventions, Human capital investments and labour markets.

Zemzem: “I am thrilled to be appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of KNCV. I am eager to contribute my insights from my experience and expertise and enhance the Board’s oversight responsibilities. I very much anticipate a fruitful collaboration with the entire Board of Trustees team, and I look forward to an impactful time ahead!”

Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zemzem holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University and Master of Arts and PhD Degree in Development Studies specializing in Development Economics from the International Institute of Social studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She served in different capacities at several governmental and non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia which included, among others, technical and capacity building assistance to the PSNP public works implementation unit in the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture.

A resident of the Netherlands since September 2011, with active engagement in her home country and a keen interest in Global Health, Dr. Shuka will offer an essential economic and global health perspective grounded in the regions KNCV serves to inform the deliberations and guidance provided by the KNCV Board of Trustees.

Dr. Shuka takes over from René Stumpel MD, Director of Public Health Gooi & Vechtstreek. Following his retirement from GGD/GHOR, René stepped down from the KNCV Board of Trustees year-end 2023.

The Board of Trustees, on behalf of KNCV, sincerely thanks René for his dedicated service to the organization during his tenure on the Board since 2021 and his decades-long service to public health including TB Care and Prevention in the Netherlands.


Portrait Dr. Zemzem Shigute Shuka: © Levien Willemse

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 120 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB prevention and care, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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