Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist, specializes in humanitarian assistance, global health, governance and bioethics. She is currently a member of the MSF International Board of Directors. Rachel was first elected to the International Board in June 2013, and relected for a second term in 2016. Rachel was President of the Board of Directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines from 2007 to 2013 and now serves as UAEM’s Senior Policy Advisor. She was recently appointed to the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee (adult). After working on indigenous rights and East Timor independence with grassroots organisations in Indonesia from 1989 to 1992, Rachel joined Médecins sans Frontières. With MSF she headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and Rwanda before, during and after the genocide. After becoming programme director of MSF Canada, she was appointed Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in CostaRica from 1999-2003. Returning to Canada in 2003, she led the MSF Access Campaign in Canada until 2007.
Rachel has also lectured on international development at McGill University and consulted for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (www.dndi.org), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime (www.aidslaw.ca) and MSF (www.msf.org). Rachel has specialised her academic and professional career on global health and institutional governance. She completed her LL.M in Bioethics at McGill in 2013 and her thesis focused on a multicentric approach to global governance for health. Rachel has authored several peer-reviewed publications in this field and most recently a working paper on her proposal for multicentric global governance for health was published and presented at the international ISGlobal (www.isglobal.org) governance seminar in November 2013.