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Dr Frederik Kristensen, MD has been the Deputy CEO of CEPI since January 2017, and took on a dual role as Director for People, Planning and Policy from January 2019.

Before joining CEPI he was a senior advisor on innovation at the World Health Organization in Geneva, in the Family, Women’s and Children’s Health Cluster. In that role he focused on projects to promote access to life-saving commodities, supporting projects in 20 African and three Asian countries in collaboration with UNICEF and UNFPA and over 100 implementing partners.

He also worked on developing the innovation agenda at WHO and some of its public-private partnerships in the area of Women’s and Childrens’ health. Dr Kristensen is a healthcare executive with previous experience from the Norwegian Development Agency, hospital management and the pharmaceutical industry.

He has started and run successful companies in the areas of health economics and decision support. At the start of his career he worked as a general practitioner in rural settings. He is an MD from the Universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and Oslo, Norway and with a MPH/MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley.