Mike Ward

Council of Regulators
World Health Organization Liaison to the DIA Board

Coordinator, Regulatory Systems Strengthening, Essential Medicines and Health Technologies, World Health Organization

Mike Ward is the Coordinator of the Regulatory System Strengthening Team of the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Technologies, Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, WHO Headquarters. Mr. Ward joined the WHO in 2015 as the Coordinator, Prequalification Team in the same Department.

Mr. Ward previously worked within Health Canada for close to 30 years as GMP specialist, drug evaluator and manager, international policy analyst and for the last 15 years, as Manager of the International Programs Division of the Therapeutic Products Directorate. Mr. Ward has extensive experience in the area of international regulatory cooperation, having served on numerous international harmonization steering committees. He was also responsible for helping launch the APEC Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee, the International Generic Drug Regulators Pilot and the International Medical Device Regulators Forum. Mr. Ward started his professional career working in the areas of Quality Assurance and Production for Burroughs Wellcome, a former multi-national pharmaceutical firm based in the UK.

Mr. Ward received the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society Global Leadership Award in 2012.

Mr. Ward has a BSc in Physiology from McGill University.

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