Special Advisor and incoming Executive Director, DNDi
Dr Luis Pizarro is the incoming Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He will take over from the organization’s founder, Dr Bernard Pécoul, on 1 September 2022.
Dr Pizarro is a Chilean-French medical doctor and global health leader. He also serves as founder and member of the Global Health 2030 think tank, as scientific advisor for Global Health at Sciences Po Paris, and as board member of Sidaction. Having led medical projects for several years in West Africa, he became the first CEO of Solthis, from 2007 to 2019, successfully developing the international health and solidarity organization to become one of the leaders in health in West and Central Africa. In 2020, Dr Pizarro joined Unitaid’s leadership team during the COVID crisis to lead the international organization’s HIV portfolio and related access programmes.
A medical doctor trained at the University of Paris, he also holds a masters’ degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po and an executive health MBA from a joint programme of EHESP School of Public Health, the London School of Economics, and the ESCP European Management School.
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