Inserm Research Director Marie-Paule Kieny spent most of her career at the World Health Organization (WHO). A virology specialist, she became a public health policy strategist there.

Marie-Paule Kieny © Inserm/Delapierre, Patrick
Marie-Paule Kieny © Inserm/Delapierre, Patrick

In 2014, West Africa was hit by Ebola. The then-Assistant Director of WHO, virology specialist Marie-Paule Kieny, was responsible for all the research and development in this area. A huge success: In the space of 11 months, WHO sponsored and oversaw the clinical trial for one of the two vaccines tested in West Africa. After encouraging results in Guinea, an application has been submitted to the American and European regulatory authorities with the vaccine set to be granted authorization in 2018 or 2019.

Having just reached the maximum authorized age at WHO, Marie-Paule Kieny has rejoined Inserm where she brings her expertise to international institutional collaborations.