Professor John-Arne Røttingen is the Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Research Council distributes roughly NOK nine billion to research and innovation activities to researchers, trade and industry and the public sector each year and serves as the chief advisory body for the government authorities on research policy issues. Røttingen was until recently the founding Chief Executive Officer of CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Executive Director of Infection Control and Environmental Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health; and Professor of Health Policy at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo. He has been Chief Executive of the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services; Oxford Scholar at Wadham College; Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School; Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research; and Chair of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG), WHO. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Oslo, an MSc from Oxford University and an MPA from Harvard University.