Diana Isabel Sotomayor

Diana Isabel Sotomayor, MSc Global Health, BSc Biology

  • Diana is a global health professional with a strong focus on effective development cooperation for human development. Her particular interest is in seeking ways to deliver and finance equitable provision of quality social services, in particular universal health coverage (UHC). She holds a Master of Science in Global Health from the University of Copenhagen with a focus on Policy, Financing and Healthcare Systems.
  • As part of the HAS core team, she supports the response to various requests to inform EU work, including on EU engagement with Global Health Initiatives, and the operationalisation of health system strengthening for UHC with EU support. Within the HAS she also leads in requests related to communication as well as knowledge management and dissemination to strengthen EU development policies and health programme delivery at different levels.
  • Before joining the HAS, Diana worked in the Global Public Affairs and Sustainability area in the pharmaceutical industry. She led, in particular, an assessment on the impact of the company’s access to care policy and took part in translating the results to update the company’s social strategy. She also led the company’s participation and data collection process in the 2018 Access to Medicine Index. She was also engaged in the company’s joining two public-private partnerships with the UN and the ICRC to increase access to non-communicable disease (NCD) care in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • In a previous position with the NCD and Life-Course division of WHO EURO in Copenhagen, she contributed in a technical report to support the implementation of the WHO European Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2016–2025. As the European & African Coordinator for NCDFREE, she led non-communicable disease (NCD) related advocacy activities in Geneva, London, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Giessen and Cairo.
  • She also worked in the health desk of the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), where she was engaged in a number of research assignments to inform policy development, including a report on barriers to NCD care in humanitarian settings.
  • She started her professional activity in Congressional office in Washington DC, where she was involved in research activities to inform legislation, particularly targeted to extend social protection measures to underserved communities in the United States.
  • Diana also has environmental health research experience. She is originally from Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish and English and has a good command of French.