Jean-François de Lavison
Founder and President
Jean-François de Lavison worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 29 years, holding various several international positions and participating in its
international expansion in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East, Africa and Latin America. He was appointed, in charge of Global Health and International Affairs. During the same period, he was Treasurer of a well known French family foundation. 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. He was member of the Executive Committee of Stop TB Partnership, and the focal point of the private sector constituency. He was member of the Global Fund private sector constituency.
Jean-Francais has founded Ahimsa Fund, a non for profit organization (endowment fund) in 2012. He is also the founder, in 2009, of Ahimsa Partners which advises the worldwide Global Health stakeholders and promote dialogue amongst them around the world through innovative partnerships.
“I have spent the last 40 years of my working life traveling across every continent of the world, meeting people who are very different from me. These encounters have been extremely rewarding and have opened my eyes to many things.
I have discovered that our world, despite its difficulties, is worth fighting for and passing on to our children. I have discovered that, with regard to many aspects of access to healthcare for underprivileged populations, we have the necessary solutions but do not know how to share them and make them bear fruit.
I believe that we must rethink the models used while maintaining the basis of a partnership bringing together as many stakeholders as possible.
We need everyone to be involved in order to make a whole. We need to discover the culture of each one. We need to better work together.”