Global Health, World Intellectual Property Organisation
Charles Randolph, Head of Global Health in the Global Challenges Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, will deliver a brief overview of WIPO, then introduce WIPO Re:Search -- a global public-private consortium dedicated to accelerating the discovery and development of technologies for neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis. WIPO Re:Search does so by facilitating the sharing of intellectual property with the global health research community, by catalyzing and fostering global health collaborations, and by contributing to capacity-building in developing countries. Fundamental to this endeavor is the global intellectual property system and the innovation and investment it generates, all of which play a significant role in improving global health. Randolph’s presentation will outline the consortium’s history, mandate, structure, core functions, membership, and capacity-building activities.
As Head of Global Health in WIPO’s Global Challenges Division, Charles Randolph forms part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on the intersection between IP and global health issues. He plays a lead role in the design, coordination, and implementation of projects and activities linked to global health, in collaboration and consultation with external partners. Randolph leads WIPO’s engagement in WIPO Re:Search – a public-private consortium jointly administered by WIPO and BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) – which aims to accelerate the discovery and development of medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis and malaria. It does so by making intellectual property, know-how and data available to the global health research community for R&D partnerships.
Prior to joining WIPO in 2017, Randolph served as an officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. Spanning 25 years, his diplomatic career included eight overseas postings in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Central Asia, Scandinavia, and Europe. On his final diplomatic assignment, he led the U.S. State Department’s Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in History and French from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s of Arts in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies. Randolph speaks fluent French.