Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden is currently working as a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health at Burapha University in Thailand. In the past (1998-2010) he has worked fulltime for Family Health International in Cambodia (currently named 'FHI360'; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Bangkok and across the Asia-Pacific region, and at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Dili, Timor Leste.
In between and since then, he has been working as an independent consultant. His clients include UNAIDS, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, FHI 360, the HIV Alliance and several other organisations concerned with HIV, development, education and public health (see: www.jwdlvw.com/clients)
Jan completed a Masters of Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam (1995, Netherlands, with honors), a Masters of Public Health of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2009, United Kingdom) and his PhD in Health Sciences at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, part of La Trobe University in Melbourne (2014, Australia).
He is an expert in social/qualitative research with a specialty in research on gender and sexuality. The purpose of much of his research is to find more appropriate and effective HIV prevention, care and support strategies and policies. Apart from this, he has worked on improving sexuality education in schools, enhancing child protection and services for most-at-risk adolescents, and on several project assessments, documentations and evaluations around the region.
He speaks Thai fluently and has lived in Thailand and Cambodia for more than 20 years.
He was a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and Purple Sky, the Southeast Asian network of organisations working on HIV and MSM/TG, as well as of the MSM-Asia Newsgroup.