Leopoldo Villegas has more than 19 years of experience in clinical research, healthcare education, program coordination, and implementation of impact interventions. His expertise includes managing the delivery of clinical study protocols, clinical study reports, study agreements, applications, and other study documentation. He also has extensive knowledge on operational research and its translation into public health policies, and he has participated in developing national and regional strategic plans for malaria control in Venezuela, Suriname, and the Americas.
Dr. Villegas currently leads the alignment process between the National Malaria Strategic Plan with the National Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan 2011–2015 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also provided expertise in malaria control and implementation of interventions. He provides technical assistance in malaria and tuberculosis to the regional development mission in Asia and malaria support to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Madagascar.
Dr. Villegas has an AdvD.P.H.M. in Public Health Management and an M.D. from the Central University of Venezuela. He also has a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, an M.Sc. in Infectious Disease and Health in the Tropics, and a D.T.M.H. in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.