Marleen Vellekoop

Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

Marleen oversees the MNCH product advocacy strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She brings over a decade of specialized experience with Team Leader and Director roles in public health projects across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of global health issues in the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, health systems governance, and health security.  Before joining the foundation, Marleen was Project Director for the MamaYe project, which works with civil society and governments in Nigeria and Kenya to translate complex health data into usable formats to inform policy and financing decisions. She holds an MSc degrees both in Public health (LSTHM, United Kingdom) and  Political Science (University of Amsterdam).