Peter is a public health expert who joined GARDP from the World Health Organization (WHO) where he led the unit responsible for developing global initiatives to foster the development and access to new antimicrobial treatments. He was responsible for WHO’s work on intellectual property and access to medicines, setting up the tripartite collaboration among the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and WHO. He also provided technical assistance to countries to facilitate access to affordable HIV and hepatitis treatments.
Peter chairs the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool that assesses the terms and conditions of all proposed license agreements. He is a trained lawyer and was admitted to the bar in Berlin in 2002. He holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany on European environmental law and has extensive experience in international negotiations. As a Legal Advisor to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in Bern, he negotiated bilateral free trade agreements and was responsible for the bilateral dialogue between Switzerland and China on intellectual property.
During his time with the Ecologic Institute in Berlin he was an adviser to the German Ministry of the Environment in international treaty negotiations and drafted the German law on CO2 emissions trading. Most importantly, Peter was instrumental in setting up GARDP as well as the AMR Action Fund, with his wealth of knowledge and expertise.