Ann Aerts has been Head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013. During this time, she has been responsible for heading an organization committed to having a transformational and sustainable impact on the health of people in low-income communities. This has included playing a key role in devising new policy recommendations.
In 2014, Aerts was nominated by PharmaVOICE as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in the life science industry. Aerts has authored numerous publications and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Global Health Group of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the OECD Network of Foundations Working in Development (NetFWD), the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, the World Economic Forum Health Systems Leapfrogging project in Emerging Economies Steering Board, the UN Secretary-General’s Governing Council of a Technology Bank for LeastDeveloped Countries, and of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
Aerts holds a Degree in Medicine and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Degree in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.