Vlad Mixich is the executive director of the Romanian Health Observatory, a Bucharest based health policy think-tank. Its team published for the first time Romanian data on the causes of pharmaceutical shortages, on parallel trade, access to TB and HIV treatments, patients satisfaction and the effects of urban pollution on health. Mixich also sits as a Board member of the biggest mental health charity in Romania, the Estuar Foundation. Mixich works as a health policy expert for several international organizations and national governments, being active in health system strengthening and increasing access to affordable medicines across Central and Eastern Europe. He was Vice President of the Romanian National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices and senior adviser of the Minister of Health. With a degree in Medicine, Mixich also holds a master degree in international health policy from the London School of Economics and he is professionally certified in health and humanitarian supply chain management at Georgia Tech. He was Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation, Marshall Memorial Fellow and Carter Fellow. Besides his professional activities in healthcare, Vlad is a published author. He was the editorial director of the main medical newspaper in Romania and his writings were awarded several national and European prizes.