Rafael Vilasanjuan

Director of Policy and Global Development Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

CV summary

Mr. Rafael Vilasanjuan is Director of Policy and Global Development of ISGlobal since March 2011. He was Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) from 2006 to 2011. He also worked for over 12 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), starting as Communication Director in 1995 and later as General Director of the Spanish section of MSF. In 1999, when the organization was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace, he was appointed General Secretary of MSF International until 2006.

During this period he worked in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, Sudan, West Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Iraq. He has also participated in observatory missions with the National Democratic Institute, monitoring electoral processes in the Middle East.

As General Secretary of MSF, he was a founder member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), which develops and delivers new drugs for diseases in developing countries. Mr. Vilasanjuan still collaborates with the DNDi.
Mr. Vilasanjuan is a journalist with a degree in information sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has a weekly opinion column on international affairs in El Periódico and contributes weekly as a political affairs analyst on the morning news programme on the leading radio station in Spain (Cadena SER) and on the leading news programme on TV3, Catalonia’s autonomous television network.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government