Over 40 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 accessible to the most vulnerable populations. 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.

Jean-François is currently member of :

  •   the board of the Health Innovation Exchange;
  •   the Steering Committee for the Social Innovation in Health contest of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
  •   the Global Health jury for the Impact Hub Geneva Accelerate2030 program.