Cees de Joncheere

Cees de Joncheere is working as pharmaceutical policy consultant, and engaged with several organisations and institutions involved in global health and access to medicines issues. He retired from his position as the Director of the Essential Medicines and Health Products Department at WHO Headquarters, Geneva in May 2016, after 4 years in the post. Before this he worked for more than 10 years as Regional Advisor for Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies in the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and and as the WHO Representative and Head of Country Office in Kiev, Ukraine. A citizen of the Netherlands, his international career began working with the Government of the Netherlands in a health services project in what was then North Yemen. For more than 10 years he served the Pan American Health Organization in Brazil, the Mercosur countries and Central America in the essential medicines area.

Cees de Joncheere holds a Master`s degree in pharmacy, a PharmD and a Master’s degree in business administration from the Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and from National University, San Diego, USA / San José, Costa Rica.

His particular interest is in public policy in the area of medicines, especially pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, as well as approaches to strengthening medicines regulation and improving the prescribing and use of medicines. He co-edited the WHO publication Drugs and Money, 7th edition, and is author of several articles and book chapters on pharmaceutical issues.


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