Carel is a physician, public health practitioner and social entrepreneur with qualifications from the Netherlands (Erasmus University Rotterdam), South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand) and the United States (Johns Hopkins University).
He spent 7 years in rural medicine and public health (Elim Hospital), 4 years in peri-urban (Alexandra) and urban health (Johannesburg) before joining the Medical University of South Africa for 5 years. He became Professor and Head of Department of Community Health at the University of Pretoria in 1995, and founded its School of Health Systems and Public Health in 1999. He joined COHRED (Council on Health Research for Development) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2004. He remains adjunct professor of public health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Focusing on scalability, he is now working on two major services to advance global research and innovation for health – RHInnO Ethics(www.rhinnolabs.org) and the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI)(https://rfi.cohred.org).