Anna George

Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme

Biography

Anna George was appointed associate fellow in 2010 and is also an adjunct professor, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Australia.

Her area of interest is the intersection between health policy and intellectual property governance and the effects on access to medicine.

She has presented submissions and given evidence to parliamentary inquiries in relation to health policy, patenting of gene sequences, access to generic medicines and counterfeit issues.

She is a former Australian ambassador with extensive experience as a multilateral negotiator working on disarmament, trade and social policy: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Middle East Arms Control and Regional Security Working Group (ACRS); UN - Social and Status of Women Commissions, UNRWA and UNIDO; WTO Trade related aspects of intellectual property (TRIPS); FAO PGRFA and FTAs.

Past experience

2007 - date Adjunct Professor, Law and Social Sciences, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Australia 
1988 - 2006 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
2003 - 2006 Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia
2002 - 2003 Director: Online Trade/Knowledge Economy and Lead Negotiator Aust/US FTA negotiations for E-commerce/digital economy issues
2000 - 2001 Director: Intellectual Property Policy, WTO TRIPS Council
1991 - 1992 Secondment: Director International, Health and Social Policy, Australian Department of Health
1987 - 1988 Research: Foreign Investment Review Board, Australian Treasury Department
Negotiations/Projects: Middle East Arms Control and Regional Security Working Group; Australia Group (CBW dual use export controls); FAO: PGRFA (World Seed Banks); APEC (trade liberalization); UNGA; 3rd Comm.
Postings: UN Vienna - CSW/CSD, UNRWA, UNIDO; The Hague - Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW PrepCom and Executive Council); Republic of Croatia