Rachel Cohen, Regional Executive Director, DNDi North America

Rachel Cohen joined Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) as the Regional Executive Director of DNDi North America in January 2011.  Ms. Cohen  has been working in the global health and humanitarian field for more than 15 years, primarily with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Most recently, Ms Cohen served as Head of Mission for MSF in South Africa and Lesotho, where she oversaw numerous medical programs, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment in rural and peri-urban settings, primary health care for Zimbabwean refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants, and emergency care for survivors of sexual violence. Before working for MSF in the field, Ms Cohen was the US Director for MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines in New York, directing policy advocacy activities related to drug pricing, intellectual property, and medical innovation for neglected diseases.

Prior to joining MSF, Ms Cohen was the Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving at Housing Works, the largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization in the US, and before that, served as the Program Coordinator for the US+Cuba Medical Project, where she directed medical aid programs and carried out educational and advocacy initiatives about the impact of US foreign policy on the health of the Cuban population. Ms Cohen now serves on the Board of Directors of MSF’s Operational Center in Brussels. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy with a Certificate in Health and Health Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.