Josep Figuearas

Director European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Josep Figueras (MD, MPH, PhD, FFPH) is the Director and cofounder of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In addition to WHO, he has served major multilateral agencies such as the European Commission and the World Bank and has worked as policy advisor in more than forty countries within the European region and beyond. He was Co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Monti Commission, and member of several governing, advisory and editorial boards including the governance board of the European Health Forum Gastein. He is an honorary fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health; received the Andrija Stampar Medal for excellence in Public Health and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Semmelweis University, Hungary; and he has three times been awarded the EHMA prize for best annual publication. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Maastricht University, Netherlands. He was director of the MSc programme in Health Services Management and lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Figueras obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1993 on health policy and planning. He started his career as a specialist in Family and Community medicine in Spain.