Anna George was appointed associate fellow of the Centre on Global Health Security 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.
Areas of expertise
- Diplomacy, strategic analysis and governance of international organizations
- IP governance: innovation and gene sequences
- Antimicrobial Resistance One Health Policy, food safety and trade
- Security architecture: non-proliferation, disarmament and WMD/dual use policy
|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|
- Building an Antibiotic Resistance Toolkit Australian Institute of International Affairs, October 2017
- Antibiotic Resistance and the Global Food Chain Australian Institute of International Affairs, April 2017
- Post-Brexit UK Trade: Reinventing the Wheel? Australian Outlook, February 2017
- World leaders to tackle antimicrobial resistance Australian Institute of International Affairs, September 2016
- Trade time bombs: The dangers of harmonization Australian Journal of International Affairs, July 2015
- International Security and Antimicrobial Resistance: Why Policy Coherence Matters Australian Institute of International Affairs, January 2015
- A decade on, is the Australia-US FTA fit for the 21st century? The Conversation, October 2014
- Ensure open access to genetic data to protect innovation The Conversation, May 2013
- Intellectual property and development: beware the 'genome divide' the Guardian, March 2013
- The fight to ‘own’ DNA: the case against patents for genes Crikey, February 2013
- Looking Ahead at Global Health in 2013 - Non-communicable Diseases: A ‘Wicket’ Challenge Expert Comment, January 2013
- International handbook on regulating nanotechnologies - book review Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2011