Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
Charles Clift

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Charles Clift is chair of the Medicines Patent Pool, a Swiss charitable foundation seeking to increase access to medicine for people living with HIV in developing countries.

For a large part of his career he worked as an economist in the UK Department for International Development with experience of working in Kenya, India and the Caribbean.

From 2004 to 2006 he was a staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition to his work for Chatham House, he has been a consultant to the WHO, UNITAID, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Access to Medicine Foundation.

His research interests at Chatham House include counterfeit medicines, global health governance and financing, and antimicrobial resistance.

He has a BA from The University of Cambridge and an MA and PhD from The University of Sussex.

Areas of expertise

  • Access to medicines in developing countries
  • Counterfeit medicines
  • Intellectual property, innovation and public health
  • Health economics/financing

Past experience

2010 -Independent consultant
2007 - 09Senior Adviser, Access to Medicines, Department for International Development, UK
2004 - 06Secretary, Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health, World Health Organization
2001 - 03Secretary, UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights
Up to 2001Economic Adviser in UK Department for International Development