Michelle Childs

Michelle Childs is an independent consultant on access to medicines and access to knowledge. Until recently Michelle was the Director of Policy Advocacy for the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, part of the independent medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The purpose of the Campaign is to improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics, vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works. This includes addressing patent and other IP barriers and promoting new models to stimulate innovation and access. Previously she was Head of European Affairs at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), working on Access to Medicine and Access to Knowledge issues . Prior to that Michelle was Head of Policy Research and Analysis at the Consumers' Association UK (Which?). She is on the advisory board of the Open Rights Group in the UK and has been a personal advisor to the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading UK, a consultant to the Hong Kong Telecoms Regulator and a policy adviser to the UK Telecoms Regulator. She started out working as a lawyer (solicitor) in the Commercial Litigation Department of a London law firm handling a range of disputes. She holds a law degree LLB (Hons).