Jorge Alvar holds a PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a degree in Tropical Medicine from Hamburg University. He directed the National Center for Tropical Medicine at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the WHO-NTD Leishmaniasis Program in Geneva and was Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently director of the Leishmaniasis Program at DNDi in Geneva.