Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations

Erwin Telemans



CEO of Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)

Erwin Telemans is the CEO of Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). Upon taking over from CCBRT’s founder in October 2006, Erwin has guided CCBRT through a unique period of growth, transformation and development.

Under Erwin’s leadership, CCBRT has undergone a number of significant cultural and organisational shifts: the restructuring of the CCBRT’s financial management and fundraising systems and a drive for continuous improvement. He has also pushed further on organisational sustainability through the cross-subsidy model of CCBRT’s Private Clinic, and has ushered CCBRT into the next phase of work on reducing maternal and newborn mortality through the construction of a 200-bed Maternity Hospital in Dar es Salaam, alongside extensive capacity building activities throughout the city. 

Erwin holds a Masters’ Degree in Development Policy and Practice and is also a trained physiotherapist. He designed, built and managed 50-100 bedded hospital facilities in the DRC, Sudan and Rwanda and managed a portfolio of over 20 development projects in Central Africa while being based in Kenya. 
He has lived in Africa for over 40 years.

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