Since 2011 Joost Hopman is working as a consultant microbiologist and head of the Infection Control Unit of the Radboud University Medical Center, in the Netherlands. He is strongly committed to improve infection control in the Netherlands and in low/middle income countries.
Joost was invited to work as an IPC consultant for W.H.O. in 2014 and 2015 in the Ebola outbreak response in Geneva and Sierra Leone and this has provided him with valuable experience in international outbreaks. Since 2015 he is appointed as a senior lecturer in community health at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Since 2015 he was asked to act as an IPC advisor for Doctors without borders and since 2017 he was offered the position of IPC strategic lead for MSF-Amsterdam. In this position he initiated a new IPC policy and implementation tools. In 2014 he was asked to act as a national coordinator of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology in the response to the contaminated heater-cooler units with Mycobacterium chimaera in The Netherlands. He is a member of the SHEA conference organizing committee and member of ICAN’s advisory board. For all this work he was elected as one of the International SHEA ambassadors in 2016 and was awarded with the Radboud University medal.