Chris Larsen is a medical doctor, initially trained in Germany, then in the UK and Australia, with specialisations in tropical medicine and public health from the UK and Australia, and a Masters degree in molecular biology of infectious diseases from the UK.
Chris is member of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, and Associated Fellow of its Faculty of Travel Medicine. He holds board positions with HIV-related scientific associations in Purdue and Stanford (USA), and is faculty member of the Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society. His strong belief in the benefits of South-South connection is further highlighted by his membership of the Bika Health Foundation in South Africa.
Chris has over 17 years of clinical and programme management experience in resource-limited settings in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, covering primary health care, emergency medicine, rural and remote medicine and infectious diseases, as well as medical emergency logistics, hospital management and upgrading, clinical staff development, total quality management, with a special interest in laboratory services.
In 2005, Chris founded synaLinQ, a consulting firm to assist those in need of truly sustainable, practical solutions in health system strengthening; intermediate energy, water, sanitation and waste management technology; and information and communication technology.
Chris is currently involved in designing and implementing hospital information and laboratory quality management systems in both Africa and the Caribbean, and assists remote health centres and hospitals with medical training, appropriate biomedical equipment, facility management and off-grid access to electricity, water and information.