Dr. Bloem holds a medical degree from the University of Utrecht and a Doctorate from the University of Maastricht and joint faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University.
Dr. Bloem has more than two decades of experience in nutrition research and policy. He was the senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Helen Keller International prior to his appointment at the World Food Programme. Dr. Bloem has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research. Dr. Bloem has participated in task forces lead by many organizations, including the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO). He worked as Senior Nutrition Advisor / UNAIDS Global Coordinator, UN World Food Programme