Kaspar Wyss New Deputy Director of Swiss TPH


Kaspar Wyss, Head of the Swiss Centre for International Health, was appointed Deputy Director of Swiss TPH starting in April 2020. He succeeds Nino Künzli who stepped down after 10 years in this role. Künzli remains Head of the Department of Education and Training (ET) and member of the managing board until the end of July 2020. After that, Künzli remains head of the “Bachelor-Master-Doctorate” unit within ET and will pursue his research projects on air pollution and health as project leader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). He will keep his role as Professor of Public Health, Social and Preventive Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel until June 2022.

Kaspar Wyss (left) succeeds Nino Künzli as Deputy Director of Swiss TPH. (Photos: Joachim Pelikan/Swiss TPH)

Kaspar Wyss has been the Head of the Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) at Swiss TPH and member of the managing board since 2015. Wyss is a public health specialist with more than 30 years of experience in health systems strengthening and human resources development in low- and middle-income countries. He holds a Titular Professor at the Faculty of Science at the University of Basel. He has s extensive project managing and consultancy experiences for a broad range of clients such as the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) or the German GiZ and KfW.

"I would like to thank Nino wholeheartedly for his invaluable contribution to Swiss TPH in the past 10 years since the integration of the former Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine into the former Swiss Tropical Institute. We are delighted that he will continue to provide his vast experience and expertise in research, education and training," said Jürg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH. "I would also like to warmly welcome Kaspar to his new role as Deputy Director and greatly look forward to intense collaboration in the years to come."

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