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Geneva, 4 June 2013 – The GAVI Alliance today announced the appointment of Pascal Barollier, 48, a French national, as the new Director of Media & Communications. He will be based at GAVI’s headquarters in Geneva and will report directly to the GAVI Alliance CEO, Dr Seth Berkley.

“I am delighted that Pascal Barollier is joining GAVI,” said Dr Berkley. “He brings a strong communications background together with knowledge of vaccines and a global view of the public health challenges we face. He will be a valuable member of the executive team, helping to further strengthen GAVI’s role in increasing access to immunisation in developing countries.”

Since 2006, Pascal Barollier has led the global external communications and media relations team at Sanofi Pasteur, a global vaccine manufacturer that is a member of the GAVI Alliance. “I am proud to be joining GAVI, whose vision and mission fully reflect my commitment to global public health,” he said. “Vaccines save lives and contribute significantly to the development of populations, communities and countries.”

Pascal Barollier started his career as a journalist for Agence France Presse (AFP). He worked as a Correspondent in AFP’s Washington bureau and in the former Yugoslavia, prior to returning to Washington as a Science & Health Correspondent.    

He co-founded a magazine and a web agency specialised in digital communications in 1998, and is also the author of three novels, co-author of an essay about life in Sarajevo and co-scriptwriter of the movie “Aime ton père”, with Gérard and Guillaume Depardieu.

Pascal Barollier is a graduate of the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies (IEP), and is an alumnus of the Indiana University’s Master of journalism program (Bloomington, USA).


The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunization in developing countries. The Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. GAVI uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, GAVI has financed the immunisation of an additional 370 million children and prevented more than 5.5 million premature deaths. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.           

GAVI is funded by governments [Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States], the European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as private and corporate partners [Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc., The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Comic Relief, Dutch Postcode Lottery, His Highness Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, JP Morgan, “la Caixa” Foundation, LDS Charities and Vodafone].     

For more information, visit        


Pascal Barollier, Directeur Media & Communications

+41 22 909 6560


Frédérique Tissandier

Tel +41 79 300 8253

Mob +41 22 909 6521




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