Dr Ole F. Olesen is the Executive Director of the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI). EVI is a non-profit organisation that develops new and improved vaccines for global health through collaboration with an extensive network of academic and industry partners in more than 30 countries across the world. Ole has studied at the universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Cambridge, UK, as well as at Copenhagen Business School, and he holds a PhD degree in Molecular Biology and an HD degree in international economics. Ole has previously worked for 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry as group leader and later as Global Project Director for pre-clinical and clinical development of vaccines and injectables. He has considerable work experience in conducting and managing large international projects on pharmaceutical product development in both Europe, Africa and Asia. Before joining EVI, Ole was Director of International Cooperation at the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) from 2013 to 2019, a position he took on after that of Principal Scientific Officer for infectious diseases at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation. Ole is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburg also holds a position as affiliated professor in global health at Copenhagen University.