Dr Ole F. Olesen joined EDCTP in September 2013 as Director of North-North Cooperation. He studied at the universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Cambridge, UK, as well as at Copenhagen Business School. Dr Olesen holds a Masters and PhD degree in Molecular Biology and an HD degree in international economics. Dr Olesen has considerable work experience in conducting and managing large international projects on pharmaceutical product development. He also worked as assistant professor in pharmacology at Copenhagen University. Dr Olesen worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, initially as an international project manager and later in the position of Global Project Director. Before joining EDCTP, Dr Olesen was Principal Scientific Officer for Global Health at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, where he was responsible for research in neglected infectious diseases and for vaccine research activities.