Germán VelasquezDr Germán Velasquez
Special Adviser for Health and Development, South Center, Geneva
Former member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases working group

Dr German Velasquez, earned base university education in Economic Sciences with a Doctorate in Health Economy from the University of Sorbonne in Paris. The Doctorate thesis, “The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Third World” was published in French and in Spanish at the request of the University of Sorbonne. In 2010 he received a PHD Honoris Causa on Public Health from the University of Caldas, Colombia.

  • 1967 – 1971 Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia: Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Literature
  • 1971 – 1974 University of Sorbonne, Paris, France: Master’s Degree in Economic Sciences
  • 1983 – 1985 University of Sorbonne, Paris, France: Doctorate in Health Economy (cum laude)

He is a pioneer on the debate on health, IP and access to medicines and he represented WHO at the WTO Council for TRIPS from 2001 to 2010.

Until May 2010, he was Director of the World Health Organization –WHO– Secretariat on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, at the Director General Office, in Geneva.

He is a Special Adviser for Health and Development, in South Center Organization in Geneva.