Who am I?
In my heart I am a doctor. It is the profession I chose when I was 18 and which has been the essence of my work ever since.
I surround myself with great people; people that are better than I am in specific areas. And I am proud to work with them.
Connecting and inspiring confidence
Connecting with people and creating trust are essential ingredients in cooperation.
There are no problems; only solutions.
I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves to get things done.
I always try to have breakfast with my wife and children: our moment together.
Visions for ECDC
ECDC should be known for quality, transparency, delivery and independent advice.
Dr Sprenger was appointed as Director of ECDC in April 2010, following his election by the Centre’s Management Board in March 2010 and after his appearance before the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
He took up his five-year post on 1 May 2010. Prior to coming to ECDC Dr Sprenger was Director-General of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands (2003-2010). Before that, he worked as Director of Health at the Netherlands' Healthcare Insurance Board (CVZ) (1999-2003), and Head of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology at RIVM (1993-1999).
Key international posts held by Dr Sprenger include being the ECDC Management Board’s founding Chairman (2004 – 2008), and being a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) (2008-2010).
Dr Sprenger is a medical microbiologist with a degree in medicine from the University of Maastricht (1988) and a PhD from Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1990). The subject of his PhD was the epidemiology of influenza.
He is married and has four children.
Declaration of interest
Press release of appointment