Petra Wilson joined the International Diabetes Federation as Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.
Prior to her appointment at IDF, Petra was Director of the European Healthcare and Life Sciences team in Cisco’s Consulting Services, focussing on helping health and care providers develop their strategies for making good use of communication and collaboration technology. Previously, she was deputy director of the European Health Management Association (EHMA), a membership organisation committed to improving healthcare in Europe by raising standards of managerial performance in the health and care sectors.
Prior to EHMA, Petra worked for the European Commission in its eHealth Directorate. She worked specifically on the European eHealth Action Plan, which commits all Member States of the European Union to adopting road maps for the implementation of Connected Health solutions. Petra also advised the Commission on legal and ethical issues surrounding use of information technologies in healthcare.
Originally trained in law, Petra spent several years as a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham University, UK, specialising in healthcare law. She has a Ph.D. in public health law from Oxford University, and has published widely on the legal aspects of using information technologies in healthcare. Originally from the UK, she is fluent in English, German, and French.