Eduardo Missoni, MD, MSc, was born in Rome, Italy in 1954.
He is currently adjunct professor at the Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and at its Post-graduate Management School (SDA-Bocconi), where he also develops research on Global health at the Center for Research on Health and Social Management (CERGAS); at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the Bicocca University in Milan (Italy); at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia; at the University for International Studies (UNINT) in Rome; at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations; and at the Mexican National Public Health Institute (Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública) in Cuernavaca.
His teachings and research activities include Management of International Institutions and Non profit Organizations, Global Health and Development related policy-making and management, Community Medicine and the social roots of health.
From 1987 to 2002, he was an Adviser to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he was in charge of health and social development programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan African countries. During the same period he acted as the liaison officer with WHO and PAHO, represented Italy individually or participating in wider delegations at international meetings (including WHO Executive Board and World Health Assembly) and expert groups (including the G8 health group, that he chaired in 2001). Earlier on, he was a UNICEF officer in Mexico and a medical volunteer in Nicaragua.
Between 2004 and 2007, he was the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) (which with about 28 million members is the world’s largest youth organization).
He has a strong civic and social commitment and contributed to found and develop several, local, national and international organizations.
He published several books, scientific papers and articles in the areas of public health, development and international cooperation, as well as on a number of other issues.