Mireille Guigaz is a French Ambassador whose main expertise is in Public Health and International Development. She graduated in Law and Political Sciences and completed a PhD in Medical Law and Health Care Economics at the University of Lyon. She also specialised in Hospital Management at the National School of Public Health and attended the National School of Administration. In 2002 she attained an international Masters Degree in Mediation from the Kurt Bösch Institute, Switzerland. Mireille Guigaz has acquired extensive, high-level public health management experience through various assignments in the field. Whilst leading the second public health care region of France, as Regional Director of Health Care and Social Affairs (1991-1995), she held negotiations with over 200 public and private hospitals, setting the path for a five-year strategic regional development scheme. As General Delegate of the National Federation of the twenty comprehensive cancer centres in France (Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer), she negotiated a new collective labour agreement which is still used as a reference within the global public-private hospital community. From 2005-2007, Mireille Guigaz served as the General Delegate of the Lyon-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes research cancer hub, working on behalf of the National Cancer Institute (INCA). She was also serving as Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). As Senior Operation Officer for the World Bank from 1984-1986, she started to develop an in-depth knowledge of international development. In 2000 she was nominated as Director of International Development and Technical Cooperation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 2004 became the first French Ambassador to take charge of the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, working closely with many African countries at both governmental, NGO and community-based levels. From 2007-2010 Mireille Guigaz was posted to Rome as Ambassador of France, Permanent Representative to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) and participated in the global negotiations, which continue today, to establish a new international commitment to global food security. In December 2011, Mireille Guigaz has been awarded the French National Order of Merit (Commander’s class) and in January 2012, she has been appointed again by the French Conseil des Ministres as the French Ambassador for HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.