Wim is head of the Technical Department at NLR. He has worked for 17 years in Nepal and India for the International Nepal Fellowship and The Leprosy Mission, specialising in leprosy control, public health, prevention of disabilities, rehabilitation and research. He was a founding member of IDEA Nepal and has a strong interest in the participation of persons affected by leprosy in leprosy services. He also works part-time with the Disability Studies unit at the VUmc. Wim holds a medical degree from Amsterdam University, a diploma in missiology from All Nations Christian College in UK, an MSc in infectious disease epidemiology.
Wim’s research interests include peripheral neuropathy in leprosy, NTD-related disability and rehabilitation, social participation, stigma, disability-inclusive development and measurement of disability. He has published and co-authored over 90 papers and book chapters in peer-reviewed international journals. He serves on the Editorial Board of ‘Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development’ and is a board member of the Dutch Coalition of Disability and Development.