Virchow Foundation for Global Health announces the launch of its Council



This international and expert Council has initiated its work towards establishing the Virchow Prize for Global Health.

Berlin, 16 March 2022 – The Virchow Foundation for Global Health announces the formation of its Council, strengthening the Foundation’s mission to award the Virchow Prize for Global Health and recognize innovations of outstanding significance towards improving health and wellbeing.

The non-profit Virchow Foundation for Global Health was launched on 13 October 2021, Rudolf Virchow’s 200th birthday, with a vision to raise awareness of global health issues among the general public, while contributing to sustainable and universal improvement of health outcomes through the fulfilment of the prestigious Virchow Prize for Global Health. The first Prize ceremony will take place on 15 October 2022 in Berlin.

Comprised of leading, international experts with a shared dedication to improve health worldwide, the Council provides strategic guidance on the direction of both the Foundation and the formation of the Virchow Prize Committee. Members of the Council are committed to ensure the Foundation’s success through cross-sectoral cooperation and aligning activities with the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Stéphanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for Global Health and chairing the Council, states: “I am honoured to join the Council of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health. In my current role, I advocate for the health of underserved populations around the world and guide strategic policy decisions to maintain global health as a top priority for development, and on the international agenda. Not only must we not lose momentum in elevating the importance of health as a global public good, but those who have been working tirelessly towards this goal deserve recognition at the highest level. This common vision of addressing complex global health challenges, while extending the opportunity to award innovative solutions, is what we aim to achieve within the Council and through the awarding of the Virchow Prize for Global Health.”

The Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council is comprised of the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Till Bärnighausen
    Director, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Prof. Dame Sally Davies
    UK Special Envoy on AMR, Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten
    Director, Institute of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Victor J. Dzau
    President, National Academy of Medicine, United States
  • Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh
    Director, Programme Management, WHO/EMRO, Egypt
  • Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
    Director, WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, Assistant Director-General, Health Emergency Intelligence (WHO), Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch
    Founding Director and Chair, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva for International and Development Studies, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Heidi Larson
    Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Prof. Dr. Joanne Liu
    School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Macintyre
    Member of the Board Biomedical Alliance in Europe, Belgium
  • Benoît Miribel
    Secretary General, One Sustainable Health Forum, France
  • Dr. Matshidiso Moeti
    Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dr. Anders Nordström
    Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Prof. Dr. Ole Petter Ottersen
    President, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Rocholl
    President ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. John-Arne Røttingen
    Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Luciano Saso
    Vice Rector, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
  • Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer
    Global Health Envoy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Beijing, China
  • Stéphanie Seydoux
    Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs, France
  • Hon. Michel Sidibé
    Special Envoy for The African Medicines Agency, African Union (AU), Ethiopia
  • Prof. Dr. Amirhossein Takian
    Vice Dean, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler
    President, Robert Koch Institute, Germany

About Virchow Foundation for Global Health
The Virchow Foundation for Global Health and the Virchow Prize for Global Health provide international platforms that raise awareness of current global health issues and award achievements which significantly improve the impact on the broad health challenges facing the global community. Headquartered in Berlin, the Virchow Foundation for Global Health was established with the support of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, alongside civil society and leading experts within global health, to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide. More information:

Virchow Foundation für Globale Gesundheit
c/o Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstr. 22/23
DE-10117 Berlin, Germany