External speakers

Josep Figueras

Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Josep Figueras, MD, MPH, PhD (econ) is the Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In addition to WHO, he has served other major multilateral organizations such as the European Commission and the World Bank. He has served as policy advisor in more than forty countries within the European region and beyond. He is a member of several governing, advisory and editorial boards including member of the board of the European Health Forum Gastein. He is honorary fellow of the UK faculty of public health medicine; received the Andrija Stampar Medal for excellence in Public Health and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Semmelweis University and has twice been awarded the EHMA prize. He is currently visiting professor at Imperial College, and external examiner at London, Maastricht and Cork Universities. He was director of the MSc in Health Services Management and lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

His research focuses on comparative health system and policy analysis and is editor of the European Observatory series published by Open University Press. He has published a wide range of publications in this field including Economics of Healthy Ageing (2018), Health Systems Governance (2017) Economic crisis: impact and implications for health systems policy in Europe (2014) Health systems, health and wealth: assessing the case for investing in health systems (2012) Health professional mobility and health systems in the EU (2011) and Cross border health care in the EU (2011.