Dr Ole F. Olesen is Executive Director of the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI). Ole has studied at the universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Cambridge, UK, as well as at Copenhagen Business School. He holds a PhD degree in Molecular Biology and an HD degree in international economics. Ole has worked for 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry as group leader at Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals A/S in Copenhagen, and later as Global Project Director for pre-clinical and clinical development of vaccines and injectables at Ferring Pharmaceuticals. He has considerable work experience in conducting and managing large international projects on pharmaceutical product development. Before joining EVI, Ole worked as Director of International Cooperation at the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), and Principal Scientific Officer for Global Health at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation. Ole also holds a position as affiliated professor at Copenhagen University, and is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, FRCP (Edin).