Marc Sprenger

Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control 
Netherlands 

Dr. Sprenger is currently director-general of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and before that was director (CEO) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. Dr. Sprenger served on the Executive Board of IANPHI from 2008-2010, advising and served as a co-author of IANPHI's Framework for Public Health Institutes.  During his tenure on the board, RIVM hosted IANPHI’s Third Annual Meeting in Bilthoven.

Dr. Sprenger graduated in medicine from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1988 and completed his PhD studies in influenza at Erasmus University. In 1993 he became a specialist in medical microbiology. 

Between 1991 and 1993, Sprenger was director of the WHO National Influenza Centre, established at the Department of Virology of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 1993 became head of RIVM’s Centre of Infectious Diseases (CIE). He played a major role in the Infectious Diseases Information System (ISIS) set up by the CIE and was editor-in-chief of the Dutch-language Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Bulletin. He also founded the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) and was director of health care of the National Board of Health-Care Insurance from 1999-2003. In 2003 he returned to RIVM as director general. He was elected as chair of the management board of the ECDC in September 2004.