Raphael Vilasanjuan

ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain

Steering Committee representative: Raphael Vilasanjuan, Director of Policy and Global Development, ISGlobal

Mr. Rafael Vilasanjuan has been the Director of Policy and Global Development of ISGlobal since March 2011. He was Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) from 2006 to 2011. He also worked for over 12 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), starting as Communication Director in 1995 and later as General Director of the Spanish section of MSF.

 During this period he worked in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, Sudan, West Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Iraq. As General Secretary of MSF, he was a founding member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), which develops and delivers new drugs for diseases in developing countries. Mr. Vilasanjuan continues to collaborate with the DNDi.

 The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is borne from   an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions which contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.

ISGlobal is a consolidated hub of excellence in research that has grown out of work first started in the world of health care by the Hospital Clínic and the Parc de Salut MAR and in the academic sphere by the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge, generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the institute’s Training and Policy and Global Development departments. Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.