[Ip-health] MSF Access Campaign names new Executive Director

Joanna Keenan joanna.l.keenan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 01:32:21 PST 2016

MSF Access Campaign names new Executive Director

*Geneva, 8 December 2016 *– Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign has
named Dr Els Torreele as its next Executive Director. Dr Torreele will take
up her position in Geneva from the end of February 2017.

Dr Torreele will succeed Dr Manica Balasegaram, who left the position as
Executive Director in June 2016. Sophie Delaunay has filled the role of
Executive Director in the interim and will hand over duties to Dr Torreele
in early 2017.

With a background in biology and immunology, Dr Torreele has a degree in
bio engineering, and earned a PhD in applied biological sciences from the
Free University Brussels. She initially joined MSF in 1999 as a member of
the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (now known as the Access
Campaign), to coordinate its working group analysing the lack of research
and development for neglected tropical diseases. In 2003, she left MSF to
become a founding member of Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi),
which was created out of MSF’s working group.

In 2009, Dr Torreele became the director of the Access to Medicines and
Innovation program at Open Society Foundations in New York, a position she
currently holds.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr Torreele back to MSF as Executive Director
of the Access Campaign, and look forward to the contribution she will make
given her extensive experience working on neglected diseases and access to
medicines,” said Dr Joanne Liu, International President of MSF.

*Joanna Keenan*

Press Officer

Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign

P: +41 22 849 87 45

M: +41 79 203 13 02

E: joanna.keenan[at]geneva.msf.org

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