Over 35 years of international experience in the field of global health.

Jean-François de Lavison worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 29 years, holding various several international positions and participating in the Merieux Group’s international expansion in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East, Africa and Latin America. He was appointed Corporate Vice President of the holding company, Institut Mérieux, in charge of Global Health and International Affairs. During the same period, he was Treasurer of Fondation Mérieux. He has been elected President of the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA), the organization that represents the European in vitro diagnostics industry on a worldwide level.

Through his extensive international experience in both developed and developing countries, Jean-François has acquired unique skills in the field of global health. His strong commitment to providing a response to the urgent needs of emerging countries prompted to the launch of Ahimsa Partners in January 2010. Through innovative business and financial models, and collaboration with new generations of leaders, Ahimsa Partners proposes innovative partnerships in the field of global health. Ahimsa Partners’ objective is to engage the various stakeholders in the global health landscape (private and public sectors, international organizations, foundations, NGOs, etc.) in order to establish innovative initiatives throughout the world.

Jean-François is the founder and President of Ahimsa Fund, a non-profit organization (endowment fund) whose objective is to make good health contagious. Ahimsa Fund focuses on the world’s most underprivileged populations and develops realistic, innovative, cost-effective and replicable public health initiatives with the objective of empowering the local population.

For eight years, Jean-François has been the acting President of Bioforce Institute, a human resources management organization for international aid that works with NGOs and trains over 350 students on humanitarian actions every year.

In addition, Jean-François is involved in many projects with top-tier international business schools (Hong Kong University, Georgetown University, INSEAD, HEC, EM Lyon, BRAC University), relating to the bottom of the worldwide population pyramid and social business. He teaches Business Ethics at HEC in collaboration with a Benedictine monk.

Recently,  Jean-François de Lavison has contributed to various reports:

  • The Business of Health in Africa: Partnering with the Private Sector to Improve People’s Lives (International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation),
  • Tackling Tuberculosis: The Business Response (World Economic Forum / Harvard School of  Public Health),
  • Diagnostics as essential tools for containing antibacterial resistance (Uppsala, Sweden),
  • The Race Against Drug Resistance (Center for Global Development),
  • A proposal for pay-for-success prizes for milestone-based incentives (BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH),
  • Prizes for Global Health Technologies (Center for Global Health).

and to various conferences: