Advisory Board

ELLEN ‘T HOEN

As Director of Policy Advocacy of Médecins Sans Frontières’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines ’t Hoen works to promote affordable medicines prices and to stimulate health needs driven research and development since 1999. She was the founder of DES Action the Netherlands, previously directed Health Action International’s policy and campaigns unit, and was the international coordinator at the independent French journal La Revue Prescrire. In 2005 and 2006 she was listed as one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property in the world by the journal ‘Managing Intellectual Property’. She has a Masters Degree in Law.

ANTHONY SO

As Director of the Program on Global Health and Technology Access at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, So focuses on issues of globalization and health, particularly innovation and access to essential medicines for those in developing countries. Previously he served as Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity program, where he helped to shape the Foundation’s work on access to medicines in developing countries and co-founded a cross-thematic program on charting a fairer course for intellectual property rights. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. So directed the activities of the Liaison Office for Quality (1997-98) as Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

AMY KAPCZYNSKI

Amy Kapczynski is now Professor of Law at Yale Law School and also Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnerships as well as the Collaboration of Research Integrity and Transparency. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley Law School. Her research focuses on intellectual property law, international law, and global health issues. Amy received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court (for Justices O’Connor and Breyer, 2005-06) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (for Judge Guido Calabresi, 2003-04). She served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health (2004-2005; 2006-2007). While at Yale Law School, Kapczynski helped lead efforts that resulted in Yale University and Bristol-Myers Squibb permitting generic competition and providing steep price discounts for an important anti-AIDS drug (d4T) in South Africa. Drawing on this experience, Kapczynski co-founded Universities Allied for Essential Medicines with other students in 2002.

RACHEL KIDDELL-MONROE

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist focusing on humanitarian assistance, access to medicines, global health, governance and global health ethics. After working for several years with grassroots organisations in Indonesia, Rachel joined MSF. She headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda before, during and after the 1994 genocide. After acting as programme director for MSF Canada, she became MSF’s Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in Costa Rica. She went onto lead the MSF Access Campaign in Canada. Rachel is an elected member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Board of Directors and a Special Advisor to Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).  Rachel also sits on the board of UAEM Europe, on the Advisory Council of UAEM Brazil and the board of the Young Professionals for Chronic Disease Network. Rachel is currently a Professor of Practice at McGill University, lectures on international development and is part of the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee.

SARA AVIEL

Sara Aviel was one of the original founders of UAEM—as an undergraduate at Yale, she helped lead the groundbreaking campaign that resulted in Yale’s patent concession on d4t, a key AIDS drug, in South Africa.  Currently Sara serves as a senior advisor on international economic policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Brookings Institution. Previously, Sara served for all eight years in senior positions in the Obama Administration including as the United States representative on the Board of the World Bank, the chief operating officer of the Office of Management and Budget, and a senior advisor to Secretary Geithner.  Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Sara worked for international development organizations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and throughout Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Ms. Aviel received an M.B.A, as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science, from Yale University.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is a fellow in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Finance Leaders Fellowship.