Dr. Christoph Hamelmann

HIV, Health and Development Practice Leader

Based in: UNDP Regional Centre in Istanbul/New York

From: Germany

Studied at: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, University of Toledo, University of Hamburg, University of Hagen, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Languages: English, German


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I’m Christoph Hamelmann and I manage UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development in Europe and CIS.


My main areas of expertise cover:


1. Health policies, strategies, financing and management of national, regional and global health programmes and services

2. Product and service innovations and knowledge management

3. Expert and user driven quality assessment and improvement systems

4. Advocacy and community empowerment


I am a medical doctor and economist with postgraduate degrees in molecular biology, epidemiology and health systems management. I have successfully led many multi-disciplinary teams and change management processes in the private and public sector in diverse cultural settings working with start-ups as well as with large national and global organizations, and have managed portfolios totaling over $1.3 billion.



My work


Together with my team, I’m coordinating support to UNDP country offices and regional networks on HIV, health and development from a human rights, governance, gender, and sexual diversity perspective.

We engage with all relevant stakeholders, including governments, civil society, the private sector, religious groups, unions, media, bilateral and multi-lateral organizations with the ultimate goal of improving health services and living conditions, particularly for poor and marginalized populations.


Some accomplishments


2002 2011 Provided major multi-sectoral inputs in advocacy, policy and strategic development, governance, operational management, evaluation and research to the world’s two largest national HIV and AIDS programmes in South Africa and Nigeria which saved hundreds of thousands of lives and slowed down the epidemics in both countries


1991 – 2011 Led community, national and international teams to spearhead technical and organizational innovations and quality improvements in the health sector with a focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, sexual and reproductive health, mother and child health, non-communicable chronic diseases.

Using a human rights and gender equality approach and a strategy built on programme integration, system strengthening and a strong advocacy component, many of these activities resulted in additional resource mobilization and substantial scaling-up of accessible services for prevention, treatment, care and support.


For more details, you are welcome to contact me directly:

+421 2 59337424