Francois Boillot

Dr François Boillot is a physician specialist in clinical and public health, with 35 years of experience at home and in more than 25 countries. He worked as staff or as a consultant in a broad range of contexts including private practice, hospital wards and management, ministries of health, Regional Economic Communities, international agencies and NGOs, and the pharmaceutical industry. His skills include health programme identification, management and evaluation, clinical and health systems research, institutional analysis and policy design, effective development cooperation and effective team and business management in complex environments. His competence covers health system development and financing, organization and system governance, health information systems, UHC, health security, communicable and non-communicable disease control, pharmaceutical policies and e-health. He is strongly committed to the ideals of equity, social justice and solidarity.

An early experience with leprosy in Senegal made him aware that addressing the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable require not only sound medical solutions but also robust social services able to deliver across cultural differences, and calls for systemic solutions. Back home, he joined the pharmaceutical industry where he managed the development and registration of antibiotics and chronic pain and opiate substitution medicines. A passion for development took him back to international health in Sierra Leone where he pioneered the integration of tuberculosis, leprosy and handicap programmes within primary health care and developed one of the first national systemic responses to drug resistant tuberculosis in Sub-Saharan Africa. This further strengthened his public health experience with hospital, procurement and supply chain, national programme management and the development of health information systems, and piloting health financing approaches such a contracting for performance. Being a cadre of the national health system working with international agencies and NGOs during the war in Sierra Leone gave him a strong sense of fragile environments. After the security situation took him back home, he was recruited by the European Commission to manage the Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) programme following the restoration of the rule of law in Haiti, in the position of advisor to the EU Delegation. Transferred to the Cabinet of the Health Minister, his responsibility spanned over the health component of the Structural Adjustment Support Programme, introducing him to public finance management and joint work with a finance ministry. Both for the EU and MoH, he got involved in donor coordination.

He is managing partner of, and senior consultant at Alter, a consulting firm in global health and development he founded in 2000, longstanding partner of hera and currently member of the hera led HAS consortium. He developed Alter as a partnership with the Department of International Health of the University of Montpellier, France, where he became associate researcher and lecturer; he organised courses for WHO, The Global Fund, USAID, The Union, and partner universities. He participated in and led numerous missions in the field of health policy and system development and financing, hygiene and sanitation policy, drugs access and management, disease control and health security. He contributed in several evaluations of aid programmes or schemes with different donors (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, EU, World Bank), and in two rounds of the IHP+ Monitoring. He also was the health system focal point for the eHealth for Sub-Saharan Africa governance programme of the European Space Agency. He served for 5 years as permanent member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel and focal point for the joint WHO, Global Fund, Gavi, World Bank platform on HSS. He is presently a member of the GAVI Independent Review Committee. French is his mother tongue, he speaks fluent English and has a working command of Portuguese and Spanish, and French and English creoles.