Benedicte Callan joined the LBJ of Public Affairs research team as a Sid Richardson Fellow for innovation and health policy and as a research affiliate of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) in the fall of 2009.

Previously, Callan worked for 12 years at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she served in a number of capacities, most recently as Head of the Biotechnology Unit which focuses on the development and diffusion of innovative biotechnologies in a broad range of industrial sectors. She has also been Principal Administrator for Health, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary General charged with overseeing OECD work on development and the environment, and an Administrator for science and technology policy. At the OECD, Callan gained practical experience in building international consensus on good policy practice in a broad range of science, innovation and economic policy issues.

Callan’s most recent publications focus on health and innovation policy in OECD countries and on challenges to meeting global health goals. Over 2009-2010, she will work on a project about policies, which support knowledge networks and markets for biomedical data. Prior to the OECD, Callan was a Fellow for Political Economy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Callan received her PhD from the University of California-Berkley in Political Science in 1995 and her BA from Yale University in Biology and East Asian Studies.

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, addresses health and social policy concerns by conducting policy research, educating students and practitioners to become future leaders, and providing a forum for debate and dialogue among today’s foremost policymakers and scholars about critical health and social policy issues.

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