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Andreas trained as a medical doctor at the Free University Berlin, Germany, from 1987 to 1994. After working briefly in the Treatment Centre for Torture Victims in Berlin and in Trauma Surgery in a regional hospital in Potsdam, he joined medico international, a founding organisation of the Health Action International (HAI) network, as Medical Project Coordinator and Health Policy Advisor.
Andreas previously served on the HAI Europe Association Board from 2004 until 2010, with a short break in 2006, when he took a six-month interim post as HAI Europe Campaigner to focus on advocacy concerning conflicts of interest in the relationship between the European Medicines Agency and patient organisations. In addition to acting as a HAI delegate at the World Health Assembly several times, Andreas has also organised HAI Europe Association annual general meetings, which have focused on sustaining access to medicines in Europe and clinical trials.
At medico, Andreas has organised events, including a conference on patents, patients and profits in Berlin. He is a Steering Committee Member of the People’s Health Movement and Board Member of the Geneva Global Health Hub.
Currently, he examines global health governance in World Health Organization policies, including conflicts of interest and the influence of ‘philantrocapitalism’ on global health in the form of large private foundations, such as the Gates Foundation.
Andreas was re-elected as a HAI European Association Board member in 2017.