Deputy Executive Director and support services

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The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Deputy Executive Director is Mr Noël Wathion.

Noël Wathion

Mr Wathion has worked at the Agency since 1996. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director also exercising the function of Chief of Policy. Mr Wathion chairs EMA's Operations and Relocation Preparedness (ORP) Task Force, set up following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU). 

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Noel WathionDeputy Executive Director, EMA (2016–present)
  • Chief of Policy, EMA (2016–present)
  • Chief Policy Adviser, EMA (2013–2016)
  • Head of Stakeholders and Communication (ad interim), EMA (2013–2016)
  • Head of Patient Health Protection, EMA (2009–2013)
  • Head of Post-Authorisation Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use, EMA (2001–2009)
  • Head of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, EMA (1996–2001)
  • Belgian Member of the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products and Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use, EMA / Belgian representative on the Pharmaceutical Committee, Standing Committee and Notice to Applicants Working Group, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (different time intervals, 1987–1996)
  • Chief Inspector, acting as Secretary of the Belgian Medicines Commission, Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Health and Environment, Public Health Inspectorate, Brussels, Belgium (1987–1996)
  • Pharmacist, Apotheek Bijnens Gerard, Genk, Belgium (1981–1987)

Education:

Declaration of interests

The support services of the Deputy Executive Director are in charge of a range of activities such as:

  • policy development and preparation for new/revised legislation;
  • emergency and crisis management;
  • liaison with the EU Institutions;
  • support to the activities of the Management Board;
  • management of access to documents requests;
  • management of proactive publication of clinical data for medicines for human use in accordance with EMA policy 0070.

The organisation chart shows the full structure of the support services of the Deputy Executive Director.

Deputy Executive Director support services

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Head of Management Board and Heads of Medicines Agencies

Silvia FabianiSilvia Fabiani

Nationality: Italian

Career to date:

  • Head of Management Board and Heads of Medicines Agencies, European Medicines Agency (2017-present)
  • Head of Management Board and Heads of Medicines Agencies (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2014-2017)
  • Head of Medicines Agencies Liaison Officer, European Medicines Agency (2012-2014)
  • Chief of Staff Functions for the Director-General, Italian Medicines Agency, Rome, Italy (2010-2012)
  • Italian Alternate Member of the Management Board, European Medicines Agency (2001-2011)
  • Head of International Relations, Italian Medicines Agency, Rome, Italy (2008-2010)
  • Head of Quality Management System, Italian Health Ministry, Directorate-General for Medicines / Italian Medicines Agency, Rome, Italy (2002-2008)
  • Director of Office for European Regulatory Affairs, Italian Health Ministry, Directorate-General for Medicines, Rome, Italy (2001-2002)
  • Administrator in Technical Coordination, European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, London, United Kingdom (1994-2000)
  • Assistant to the Administrative Director, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut, Rome, Italy (1985-1989)
  • Press Officer, Fendi, Rome, Italy (1982-1985)

Education:

Declaration of interests

Head of Policy and Crisis Management

To be decided.

Head of European Union Institutional Liaison

Hilde BooneHilde Boone

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Head of European Union Institutional Liaison, European Medicines Agency (2017-present)
  • Head of European Union Institutional Liaison (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2014-2017)
  • European Union Institutional Liaison Officer, European Medicines Agency (2012-1014)
  • European Medicines Agency Liaison Official, Food and Drug Administration, Washington DC, United States (2010-2012)
  • Regulatory Affairs Advisor, European Medicines Agency (1997-2009)
  • Health Regulatory Affairs Administrator Benelux, Upjohn / Pfizer, Puurs / Brussels, Belgium (1994-1997)
  • Trainee, Upjohn, Puurs, Belgium (1993)

Education:

  • Diploma in European regulatory affairs, Institute for Pharmaceutical Business Administration, Leiden / Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996)
  • Industrial Pharmacist, University of Antwerp, Belgium / Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Braunschweig, Germany (1993)
  • Pharmacist, University of Antwerp, Belgium (1992)

Declaration of interests

Head of Documents Access and Publication

Anne-Sophie Henry-EudeAnne-Sophie Henry-Eude

Nationality: French

Career to date:

  • Head of Documents Access and Publication, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Access to Documents, European Medicines Agency (2014-2016)
  • Head of Access to Documents (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2013-2014)
  • Lecturer, University of Lille, France (2010-present)
  • Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2001-2013)
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager for Medical Devices, Macopharma, Tourcoing, France (2000-2001)
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager, Sanofi-Synthelabo HQ, Gentilly, France (1999-2000)
  • Trainee, Ribi-ImmunoChem, Hamilton, Montana, United States (1999)
  • Trainee, Schering-Plough Europe, Brussels, Belgium (1998)

Education:

  • Post-graduate in pharmacovigilance and pharmaco-epidemiology, Bordeaux Segalen University, France (2004)
  • Masters in regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical legislation, University of Lille, France (1998)
  • Doctor in pharmacy specialising in industry, University of Lille, France (1999)
  • Masters degree in pharmacology, University of Lille, France (1996)

Declaration of interests

Head of Facilities Support Service

Tiago FreitasTiago Freitas

Nationality: Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Facilities Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Building Services, European Medicines Agency (2010-2016)
  • Building Services Manager, European Medicines Agency (2007-2010)
  • Facilities Manager, Grosvenor Casinos, London, United Kingdom (2005-2007)
  • Director, Tugga London Ltd., London, United Kingdom (2004-2005)
  • Conference and Banqueting Assistant Manager, Thistle Hotels, Uxbridge, United Kingdom (2001-2004)
  • Catering Manager, The Cumberland Hotel, London, United Kingdom (2000-2001)
  • Section Manager, Modelo Continente SGPS - Sonae Group, Porto, Portugal (1998-2000)
  • Events Manager, Heitor de Melo Catering Lda., Porto, Portugal (1996-1998)

Education:

Declaration of interests

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