Esteban Burrone is our Head of Policy. Esteban has been with us since we were established, in 2010, and oversees our partnerships with a wide range of external organisations. These include governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and community-based organisations. He is part of our senior management team and has overall responsibility for our Patents and Licences Database MedPaL and for the annual prioritization report. Esteban has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of innovation, IP rights and access to medicines with a focus on developing countries. Esteban holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Master in Business Administration from the International University in Geneva.
Vincent Chauvin joined us in September 2016 as Head of Finance and Resources, bringing more than 15 years of international experience in finance and human resources management to the organisation. Vincent is the former International Finance & IT Director and Finance Manager for Aide et Action International in Geneva, Switzerland, where he managed finance and administration for its network of regional offices. Before joining Aide et Action, Vincent spent ten years in the private sector working for Sudler & Hennessey, Dexia and Renault, among other companies. Vincent has a business degree from École de Management de Lyon, France.
Yao Cheng is our Scientific Manager. She became a member of our Business Development team in 2014, bringing both a strong academic and professional background in biomedicines and technology transfer to the organisation. Yao is responsible for evaluating scientific and medical evidence and for informing the team about advances in the fields of HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis as well as co-infections. Yao also liaises closely with the academic and clinical communities. Before joining, Yao served as Licensing Associate at the Office of Biotechnology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicines in New York City, USA, where she evaluated and marketed Einstein-based biomedical inventions, and also negotiated and managed various types of agreements between Einstein and its industrial and academic collaborators. Yao previously worked as a Client Services Associate at Columbia Technology Ventures, where she helped with the patenting and licensing activities of Columbia University. Yao received her Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree in molecular biology from the University of Toronto, and her Doctorate (PhD) in pharmacology from Yale University, where she researched the mechanisms of actions of novel compounds against HIV and HCV.
Erika Dueñas has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of access to medicines, innovation and intellectual property. As a career diplomat, she worked many years for the Bolivian government, participating in negotiations related to IP and health at regional (Andean Community) and multilateral level (WTO, WHO, WIPO). After her diplomatic mission at the Embassy in Washington as the Chargé d’Affaires, she was Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bolivia. Together with Médecins Sans Frontières and other NGOs, she founded the Platform of IP and Access to Medicines in Bolivia. She holds a Master in International Law and Economics (LLM) from the World Trade Institute / Universities of Bern, Fribourg & Neuchatel – Bern, Switzerland.
Gauri Gopal is a Business Development Manager at Medicines Patent Pool since June 2017 and is based in the India office. Gauri works with the Business Development Director on projects and initiatives including operational improvement and monitoring. Gauri lived and worked in countries such as Peru, Japan and the United Kingdom during her career as a quantitative analyst at Deutsche Bank. She later combined her passion for development with her background in finance to establish the Skilled Samaritan Foundation (SSF), a not-for-profit organisation in India that provides solar power to villages and schools in Northern India, impacting more than 8500 lives to date. Gauri holds a master’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Warwick in England and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from St. Xavier’s College in India.
Aastha Gupta has been a Business Development Manager with the MPP since 2012. She is responsible for market analysis, assisting with negotiation strategies for agreements with patent holders, and the management of MPP’s sublicensing programme. Aastha works with licensees from grant of sublicence and drug development to registration stages, and conducts analytical work to calculate our impact through these licences. Aastha is a key part of our team working with the World Health Organization to develop market forecasts for all HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis medicines in low- and middle-income countries. Before joining, Aastha worked in the generics pharmaceutical industry in India and South Africa. She holds a Master in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi.
Sandeep Juneja is our Business Development Director and has been with us since 2011. He leads our engagement with the pharmaceutical industry, and has negotiated and concluded deals with our originators and generic partners. Sandeep also leads a team responsible for scientific and technical matters, overseeing product development by generic partners, forecasting and impact measurement, and identifying and developing new therapy and technology areas for the MPP’s expansion. Prior to his role here, Sandeep spent 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry in diverse roles, including developing and leading global access and research initiatives in HIV and malaria, profit and loss management, strategy, investor relations as well as mergers and acquisitions. Sandeep has published several articles and addressed international conferences on issues related to access to medicines. He has also served on several committees and panels, such as the Steering Committee on Universal Access, the Global Fund Procurement Advisory Panel, the Global Fund Market Dynamics Advisory Group, and others. Sandeep has a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Bachelor in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India.
Liudmyla Maistat joined the Medicines Patent Pool in May of 2017 as Policy and Advocacy Manager, bringing more than 15 years of policy and advocacy experience in HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis to the organisation. She was most recently Senior Program Advisor with the Alliance for Public Health (International HIV/AIDS Alliance) where she led policy and policy activities to support the scale-up of hepatitis C diagnostics and treatment in Ukraine and other countries. Liudmyla is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategy and Technical Advisory Group on viral hepatitis and the WHO guidelines’ development and peer-review groups as well as a member of the Lancet Commission on Accelerating the Elimination of Viral hepatitis. She also chaired the Hepatitis C Group for Unitaid’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) delegation and continues to serve as a member of the HIV in Europe Steering Committee. Liudmyla was recognised by the Economist as one of the leading voices for advocacy to increase access to affordable diagnostics and treatment of viral hepatitis. Liudmyla holds a master’s degree in English and German from Gogol State University and a master’s degree in Social Sciences and Technologies (Sociology, Public Relations) from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and German.
Hannah Moak joined the Medicines Patent Pool as a Business Development Manager in April 2017 where she is responsible for the MPP’s Hepatitis C product development portfolio. To this role, Hannah brings private sector experience in corporate strategy, project management, marketing, and health education, most recently working at Vanda Pharmaceuticals. She has interned for the World Health Organization, the Atlanta Center for Medical Research and the National Institutes for Health and has co-authored research articles in the Journal of American Association of Animal Laboratory Science. Hannah holds a Masters degree in Public Health from George Washington University, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, USA.
Katherine Moore is our Head of Communications, managing our media and publication activities and serving as our spokesperson. Prior to joining, in January 2014, Katie worked with the World Health Organization and with the GAVI Alliance on several public health and communications projects. She is former Director of Communications for GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division, focusing on public health issues, specifically malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, and was former Senior Director of Global Communications for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in New York City, USA. Katie brings almost two decades of experience in public health, policy, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, development, as well as media and corporate communications. From 2002-2005, she was Associate Director of Public Affairs for Columbia University in New York, and worked as a speechwriter for the US Department of State and a press secretary for the US Department of Commerce in the Clinton Administration. Katie has a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA.
Sophie Naeye joined the MPP in March 2016 as Office Manager. A former Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Shaza Hotels Corporate Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Sophie is responsible for general administrative tasks, support to the Executive Director and management of travel and accommodation for our staff. She also supports staff in organising events, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the office and the effective implementation of internal policies and procedures. Sophie holds a Master in Business Studies in International Trade from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Alnaaze Nathoo joined us in December 2014 as Head of Strategy and Operations, bringing more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian aid and project management. Before that, Alnaaze worked for various non-profit organisations in project management, strategic planning and donor reporting, as well as in financial management and control. Most recently, she helped launch the humanitarian think tank – the Humanitarian Exchange and Research Center, and was instrumental in driving the international expansion and establishment of regional hubs for the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). From 2002-2011, Alnaaze held a number of different positions at Médecins Sans Frontières, both in the field as well as the Geneva headquarters, including as an Administrative and Financial Coordinator for emergency interventions, Financial Controller and Country Director. Alnaaze holds a master’s degree with distinction from the University of Liverpool, UK, and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada, as well as an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, USA.
Chan Park is the MPP's General Counsel. He has been with the MPP since it was established in 2010, overseeing all legal matters of the organisation. As General Counsel, Chan forms a vital part of our negotiation team, and has successfully negotiated and drafted our licensing agreements. Before joining the MPP, Chan was a member of the team at Unitaid that conceptualised and established our organisation. An attorney by training, Chan practised IP law with US firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and served as Senior Technical and Policy Advisor for the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS unit in India. He has consulted for a number of international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization and Unitaid, on a range of issues related to IP and access to medicines. Chan received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law, USA.
Greg Perry joined the MPP as Executive Director in January 2013, bringing more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, intellectual property and healthcare policy to the foundation. Before this, he served as Founding Director, and later Director General of the European Generic Medicines Association. He was also a founding member of the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance. Previously he worked as a European Union policy advisor to corporate as well as non-governmental organisations, and prior to that he was a parliamentary advisor to Members of the European Parliament. In 2004, Greg was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contribution to industry and European integration, one of a few non-Polish nationals to be honoured with this distinction. He was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) for five years, and is currently an Honorary Life Fellow of the Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs in the United Kingdom (TOPRA) UK.
Asma Rehan joined us in May 2014 as Grants and Operations Manager. A law graduate from the UK, Asma has worked in the development sector both in Pakistan and Geneva. A native of Pakistan, she worked as a researcher for the Society of the Protection for the Rights of Children (SPARC) a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focuses on children’s rights, particularly in health and education. Her previous assignments in Geneva have included working on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework at the World Health Organization. She also supported projects pertaining to copyrights and related rights at Knowledge Ecology international (KEI), most notably assisting the team to successfully negotiate the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities.
Finance and Administration Manager: Esperanza Suárez
Esperanza Suárez has more than 15 years of experience in finance, accountancy, tax advisory services and administration, both in the private and public sectors, as well as in not-for-profit organisations. Her main responsibilities at MPP include budget control and ensuring compliance with internal control systems. She has a degree in economic sciences from the University of Barcelona, Spain, with a focus on economic policy and sociology.
Sophie Thievenaz is our Communications Manager, managing online communications, visual identity and branding, as well as events and publications. She also works closely with the Head of Communications to implement our communications strategy. Sophie comes with a wealth of communications and advocacy experience, having served as Communications Officer for the Sanitation and Water for All Global Partnership, hosted by UNICEF in Geneva. Here, Sophie managed the organisation’s web and social media presence, publications and events. She also worked as the Communications and Campaign Coordinator for Yfoundations, a non-profit organisation working to address youth homelessness in Sydney, Australia, and for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Annecy, France. Sophie has a master’s degree in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence and a postgraduate diploma in corporate social responsibility from the London Metropolitan Business School, UK.
Maica Trabanco is our Associate Counsel, and has been with us since 2012. She forms part of our negotiations team, and has drafted many licensing agreements. Maica provides legal support in monitoring compliance of our licensees’ obligations, governance, good practices, implementation of human resources policies, developing consultancy contracts, as well as monitoring and ensuring compliance with Swiss legislation for foundations. Maica has been a member of Madrid’s Bar association since 2001 and has an LLM (Master of Laws) in European Union International Trade Law from the University of Amsterdam. Before joining, Maica worked as Legal Counsel for a pharmaceutical corporation based in Barcelona, and has nine years of experience as a lawyer in international law firms in Madrid and Barcelona.