Paola Testori Coggi, a biologist from the University of Milan with a Master degree in Ecotoxicology, is currently the Chair of the Valletta Technical Committee on cooperation for better access to medicines
She also cooperates with the International Trade Center of the United Nations as Special Advisor on sanitary and phytosanitary matters and is a member of the Board of CIRAD (Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement).
She joined the European Commission in 1983 in the Directorate-General for Environment where she worked until 1989. Afterwards, she served as Member responsible for the research programmes on life sciences, environment and energy in the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Filippo Maria Pandolfi. She also worked in the EU Joint Research Centre.
Paola Testori Coggi was President of the Committee for price and reimbursement of the Italian Agency for Pharmaceuticals from 2015 to 2018 and is currently continuing her collaboration with the Agency. She was Director-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission from April 2010 to October 2014 and was previously Deputy Director-General of the same Directorate-General for three years.
She was previously Advisor for Consumer Health to Commissioner Emma Bonino and worked on the definition of the new EU policy on consumer health after the food safety crisis.
And in 2008, she received a Doctor Honoris Causa in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cluj, Romania and in 2010, was awarded the Cross of Merit of Official of the Italian Republic.