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Koen Berden

Koen Berden

Executive Director, International Trade Policy, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations


Dr. Koen Berden is the Executive Director International Trade for EFPIA. He is part of the EFPIA senor Leadership Team and provides his services in the execution of the International Trade activities of the Association, including coordinating EFPIA global responsibility countries like Russia and Turkey and also focusing on supporting Japan and China. He also works on the EFPIA inputs for various trade agreements.

Before joining EFPIA, Koen served as Director of Outreach and Member of the Board of Directors at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland, from 2015-2018, where he was responsible for the WTI project portfolio, strategic alliances, and for strategic outreach of the WTI. From 2006 – 2015, he worked at Ecorys, the oldest and one of the largest public-sector consulting firms in Europe, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he was first Partner and Commercial Director and later served as Senior Partner and its Managing Director. For the Ecorys Group, Koen was EU Market Director, Chief Innovation Officer, and Chief Economist. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of international trade and (sectoral and industrial) competitiveness. In particular, he has worked on large mega-regional trade agreements like TTIP, CETA, EU-Japan, One Belt One Road, and TPP – looking at Intellectual Property Rights and market access provisions. He has also studied the competitiveness of the EU pharmaceutical industry on the global stage, and lectured on Intellectual Property Rights and the WTO TRIPS agreement. He has worked in close cooperation with both public (e.g. European Commission – DG Trade, DG ENTR, DG ECFIN, European Parliament, various national governments) and private sector (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, NGOs, sector associations, large companies) stakeholders on many different angles to trade and investment agreements. As assistant professor at Erasmus University from 1998 onwards, Koen does research, lectures, and supervises students. He did his PhD in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute on ‘Innovation, Uncertainty and Economic Growth’. Before that, he graduated with honours from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the double master of International and Financial Economics and did his International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales.