Jens Pedersen, founding director of Africa First Advisory, a bespoke political and strategy advisory company, based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya.
Through Africa First Advisory, Jens provide both private sector, governments and institutional clients in market entry and access, risk analysis, and strategy advisory services.
A significant part of this work focuses on the medical sector in supporting established manufacturers, developers, and the government in the post-pandemic policy space about pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. Within this area, Jens equally works with governments, to develop their medical manufacturing strategies and capabilities.
This, based on more than a decade and a half with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a major international medical aid organisation, and more recently, Jens has supported the policy work of African CDC and other institutions, to policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent issues such as processes in relation to manufacturing and demand of African medical tools.
Based on his background and experience as both a practitioner and as an analyst that allows Jens to speak with authority on the issues of politics, health and development.