Director: Martine Berger, MD, PhD, MPH
Martine, a medical doctor, specialized in international public health, worked from 1994 to 2004 for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She was from November 2004 to August 2006 the Executive Secretary of the 4th External Review of the Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and joined the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in 2004 as senior health adviser, hence gradually focusing on policy advice on research for health. First as a member of the Swiss delegation to WHO and then as the representative of COHRED she was involved in the discussion of the WHO Health Research Strategy and of the Global Strategy on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPA). From 2007 to spring 2010, for COHRED, she led the project ’Strengthening Pharmaceutical Innovation in Africa’ in collaboration with New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).
Co-director: Nicoletta Dentico
Nicoletta is adviser on public health & development and has a long and established policy and advocacy background. After coordinating for seven years the Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines, she worked as Executive Director of MSF-Italy from 1999 to 2003, with a very active role in the MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines since its inception. In 2005 she joined the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) as policy and advocacy adviser, until 2008. In this position, she became very involved as an expert in the negotiation of the Intergovernmental Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (IGWG), which led to the Global Strategy on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property ( GSPA). As a health policy consultant to IQSensato, she particularly focused on the GSPA implementation, starting some preliminary support work in countries. In late 2009 and in spring 2010, she worked as consultant with WHO/PHI. She is the acting chair of the Italian Global Health Watch.