Antoni Plasència Taradach is the Director General of the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) since October 2014. He is also Medical Consultant at the Department of International Health of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelonaand Associated Professor at the University of Barcelona. As ISGlobal director, he leads a team of more than 400 people committed to improving global health and promoting health equity through excellence in research and the translation and application of knowledge.
Dr Plasencia graduated in Medicine (MD) from the University of Barcelona in 1981, and holds a Ph.D. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1996). He is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and obtained a Master in Public Health from Yale University, USA (1986), as a Fullbright-La Caixa Scholar.
From 2012 to 2014 he was Technical Director of the Barcelona Center for Research in International Health (CRESIB-Hospital Clínic-Universitat de Barcelona). From 2004 to 2011 he was Director General of Public Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, where he was actively involved in the design of the Catalan Public Health Law, as well as in the creation of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia, and the Barcelona Public Health Agency.
Currently, he is co-director of the Master of Global Health at the University of Barcelona. He is also co-director of the Health For All Network of the SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) initiative and Chair of the European Global Health Research Institutes Network (EGHRIN). He is a member of several advisory councils in the field of public health and health research, and is an advisor to different public administrations in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
His professional activity focuses mainly on epidemiology and public health, combining practice, research, training and management, with a broad biological, social and environmental perspective on health and its determinants. He has developed an extensive activity in the field of health systems and public health, including policy design, strategic planning, and implementation and evaluation of programs and services, in key areas of global health, such as infectious diseases, maternal and child health, injuries, environmental health and health inequalities.