Francesca Colombo

Francesca Colombo

Head of the Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Francesca Colombo is the Head of the Health Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has over 20 years of experience leading international activities on health and health systems. She is an international expert on health and care issues for elderly populations, and led projects on quality of healthcare policies, health financing and the impact of private health insurance on health systems, health workforce and the international migration of doctors and nurses. Formerly, she seconded the Ministry of Health and Labour of Guyana as Acting Head of the Planning Unit, and was instrumental to the implementation of financing and governance reforms of the health system; she also worked at UNCTAD. She has travelled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia advising governments on health system policies and reforms. Since 1999, she has been working with OECD, held responsibilities for co-ordinating involvement at high-level meetings such as on diabetes, dementia and health workforce. She has been responsible for OECD Asian Social and Health activities, working with the OECD/Korea Policy Centre. Currently, she is Head of the OECD Health Division, overseeing work on health, aiming to provide internationally comparable data on health and health systems and to apply economic analysis to health policies, advising policy-makers, stakeholders and citizens on how to respond to demands for more and better health.