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Fighting HIV & AIDS - A priority for the EU in a COVID-19 World


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Dr. Kai Joachimsen
Director General, BPI e.V.

Dr. Kai Joachimsen is the Director General of the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPI e.V.) since January 2019.  Prior to this, Dr. Kai Joachimsen held several leading positions in the pharmaceutical Industry. Dr. Joachimsen completed his medical studies in Münster, Vienna and Marburg and obtained his PhD (magna cum laude). He also holds an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the North Western University (Kellogg School of Management).  

Prof. Dr. Andrew Ullmann
Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)

Andrew John Ullmann is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Member of the German Bundestag. He is the spokesperson of the FDP parliamentary group on the committee on health and deputy chairman of the sub-committee on global health.

He is a full professor of infectious diseases at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and a specialist of internal medicine, hematology, oncology and infectious diseases.

Daniel Nagel
Youth Against AIDS, CEO

Daniel Nagel is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Youth against AIDS (YAA). He is a creative activist with a strategic mindset, who leading the organization for over 10 years. Today, Youth Against AIDS is active in 6 countries on three continents, providing millions of young people with access to knowledge, protection and services each year.

Christian Thams
Gilead Sciences, Senior Director Government Affairs

Christian Thams is a Senior Director at biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. He leads Government Affairs for Gilead Sciences in Germany since 2017 and focuses on policies fighting infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C. Before joining Gilead Sciences, he worked on health policy issues for international consultancies in Berlin and Brussels.

Prof. Dr. Georg Behrens
Hannover Medical School (HIV Outcomes)

Georg Behrens is Professor for T Cell Immunology at Hannover Medical School, Germany. He is specialist in internal medicine and infectious disease and was trained at the Immunology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia.

He is principal investigator of national and international studies in HIV medicine and was president of the German AIDS Society from 2011-2019. Currently, he is EACS governing board member and Chair of the EACS Treatment Guidelines. He is NEAT-ID steering committee member, member of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), and chair of the MD/PhD Program Molecular Medicine.

Sara Cerdas
Member of the European Parliament (S&D)

Sara Cerdas is a 31-years-old Portuguese medical doctor and since July of 2019 a Member of European Parliament. She is member on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer and the S&D shadow rapporteur for the EU4Health Programme.

Sara Cerdas is co-chair in the European Parliament's Working Group on Health, which brings to discussion European health issues with stakeholders and experts

Jennifer Baker

Better known as Brusselsgeek, Jennifer has been a journalist in print, radio and television for 20 years, the last 10+ specialising in EU policy.

She has worked across a wide range of media, from editing a national daily paper in Malta, to reporting on European affairs for Middle Eastern television, and has a wealth of experience in navigating the political quagmire of the EU. As well as an address book packed with insider sources and contacts in Brussels, Jennifer is skilled at translating EU policy-speak into understandable English.



Members of the BPI

The BPI combines the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. The association represents around 270 companies and their more than 78,000 employees..
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