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Led by Managing Editor, Elaine Fletcher, and using professional, accredited journalists, Health Policy Watch provide open-access reporting that serves all stakeholders in the global health policymaking community by enhancing transparency and informed engagement. We welcome your suggestions at info@healthpolicy-watch.org.

Launched in 2018, Health Policy Watch received start-up support from the Loterie Romande and the Camino Stiftung. Health Policy Watch is published by Global Policy Reporting, a Geneva-based non-profit association established under Swiss law, which also houses Intellectual Property Watch.

Managing Editor – Elaine Fletcher

Elaine Ruth Fletcher joined Health Policy Watch as Managing Editor in early 2019. She is an experienced journalist and passionate champion of health and development issues.

As a former editor and communications specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO), Ms. Fletcher led the development and launch of the BreatheLife campaign to reduce air pollution that kills 7 million people annually. The campaign, co-sponsored by WHO with UN Environment, includes a network of over 50 member cities, regions, and countries globally, as well as major civil society supporters.

Ms. Fletcher also served as a managing editor for the UNICEF/UNDP, World Bank WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Fletcher also reported on programmes and progress related to the development of new diagnostics and treatments for onchocerciasis (river blindness), malaria, TB and HIV/AID co-infections, leishmaniasis, Chagas, and other neglected diseases of poverty. Her communications work has also touched on vital issues related to access to essential medicines and health technologies, anti-microbial resistance, and more.

Over the course of her career, Fletcher has served as co-author, editor or contributor to over three dozen reports and peer-reviewed journal publications on various aspects of health and development, including: environmental management of vector borne disease; maternal and child health; environmental risk factors for non-communicable diseases; urban health, air pollution and sustainable development; traffic injuries; climate change and health; health equity; and access to health services.

Previously, Fletcher was the Jerusalem-based correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner and Newhouse News Service, spending over 15 years covering the region, from the dawn of the Oslo process to its demise, through war and civil unrest. She experienced first-hand, the impacts of ill-health, poverty, conflict and unsustainable development on the health of women, children and other vulnerable groups, strengthening her commitment to address those risks through the lens of health.


Based in Geneva, Health Policy Watch is a project of Global Policy Reporting, established as a non-profit association under Swiss law. The work of Health Policy Watch is overseen by a Board of Directors. Board members serve in a personal and voluntary capacity for 2 year, renewable terms. We are currently in the process of expanding our Board to include several additional members from the global public health community.

Board of Directors

Dr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Chair and Founder (Australia)
Carolyn is a Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre in Geneva. She has worked and published on issues of sustainable development, trade and intellectual property for a range of non-governmental and international organizations. She was previously Assistant Director of the Rockefeller Foundation responsible for grant making in the area of global economic policy and sustainable development. Carolyn holds a DPhil (Oxon) and M.A. (SAIS) in International Relations.

Dr. Thomas Cottier (Switzerland)
Thomas, former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute, is Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern and adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa. He published widely in the field of international economic law, with a particular focus on constitutional theory and intellectual property. He held several positions in the Swiss External Economic Affairs Department and was the Deputy-Director General of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. Prof. Cottier served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round from 1986 to 1993, first as Chief negotiator on dispute settlement and subsidies for Switzerland and subsequently as Chief negotiator on TRIPs. He has served as a member or chair of several GATT and WTO panels and recently on a high level panel reviewing the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Bruno Lanvin (France)
Bruno is the Executive Director of INSEAD’s Global Indices, comprising the Networked Readiness Index of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR), the Global Innovation Index (GII), and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). Before joining INSEAD, he worked ten years for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues, and Chairman of the Bank’s e‐Thematic Group. Before this, he held senior positions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Dr Lanvin holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes (France), an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France. He is also an INSEAD alumnus (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high‐level meetings, he advises a number of global companies and governments and has been a member of numerous boards, including those of IDA and Govtech (Singapore) and ICANN.

Dr. Ruth Okediji (US)
Ruth is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director at the Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  She has written and published extensively about intellectual property regulation, and the relationship between developed and developing countries in the international intellectual property system. She previously taught at the University of Minnesota where she held the William L. Prosser Professorship in Law and was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. She is a graduate of the University of Jos and Harvard Law School.

Ms. María Julia Oliva (Argentina)
Ms. María Julia Oliva is Senior Adviser for Access and Benefit Sharing at the Union for Ethical BioTrade. Previously, she was Senior Programme Officer for Trade, Environment and Natural Resources at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Julia also worked as a legal consultant for the UNCTAD BioTrade Facilitation Programme and served as the Director of the Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and a Research Associate at IQSensanto. Julia earned an LLM Degree in Environmental Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and a law degree at the University of Mendoza in Argentina.

Dr. Susan K. Sell (US)
Susan is currently Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and past Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs. She has published widely on the politics and history of international policy debates on intellectual property, trade and investment.