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Elizabeth Kuiper
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme
Elizabeth Kuiper is Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well- being programme at the European Policy Centre.  
Beyond her role as an Associate Director, Elizabeth heads the EPC's Social Europe and Well-being programme. Her focus is on EU health policy and further developing the concept of the economy of well-being, linking up the EPC's research on health care, social equality, sustainability and economic governance.  
Before joining the EPC, Elizabeth was Executive Director Public Affairs at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where she was leading the organisation’s advocacy and external engagement strategy and maintained a strong network of contacts with policymakers and other stakeholders. Amongst others, she led the industry’s Brexit Task Force and created the Brexit4Patients multistakeholder coalition, to ensure that patients’ interest were put first in the Brexit negotiations.   
In 2010, Elizabeth transferred to the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in Brussels. There, she represented the Netherlands’ interests on health policies, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She led negotiations on (inter alia) the Clinical Trials regulation, the Medical Devices Regulation and the Transparency Directive; and followed the European Semester process, including the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations at national level. During her tenure at the Permanent Representation, she was responsible for briefing the Coreper-I Ambassador on healthcare related files and advised and supported senior officials and government Ministers before, during, and after EU negotiations. She also represented the Netherlands at relevant public/stakeholder events. 
Early in her career, she served as a political advisor to the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Balkenende-IV cabinet. She was responsible for managing relations with Members of Parliament and offered political advice and support to the Minister of Health on issues related to healthcare and social policy. In this role, Elizabeth regularly accompanied and assisted the Minister to Brussels for EPSCO Councils, as well as to Members States holding the Council of the Presidency of the European Union for so-called informal meetings of Health Ministers. She also assisted the Minister of Health in his engagement with US policymakers in the context of ongoing discussions about the Health Care Reform legislation, eventually leading to the adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.  
Elizabeth lives in Brussels and enjoys reading political biographies and visiting contemporary art exhibitions as much as she can. She also fights fast fashion in her capacity as Brand Ambassador for a sustainable fashion brand.  


Social Europe and Well-Being


Areas of expertise

Health care, Social Europe, well-being

Current positions

Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme


Master in Modern Literature and Philosophy, Utrecht University


Dutch, English, French, German



Well-being / COMMENTARY
Wanted: An Executive Vice President for the Well-being Economy
By Aileen McLeod , Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 25/04/2023
Inequality / COMMENTARY
Gender equality: No time to rest
By Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady , Victoria Pedjasaar - 08/03/2023
What now for the future of Ukraine’s healthcare system?
By Elizabeth Kuiper - 20/02/2023


Health / QUOTE
POLITICO Pro Morning Health Care
POLITICO Pro Morning Health Care newsletter cited Elizabeth Kuiper's Flash Analysis on the EU's pharmaceutical strategy. 

Read the newsletter here.

POLITICO Pro Morning Health Care
25 May 2023 - ,
Health & healthcare / QUOTE
Europe's hospitals enter 'permacrisis' mode ahead of winter
Elizabeth Kuiper was quoted in an article by Politico Europe on the “permacrisis” and how it is leading to more health inequalities, with vulnerable populations suffering the most.

Read the article here.

Europe's hospitals enter 'permacrisis' mode ahead of winter
13 October 2022 - ,
Health & healthcare / ARTICLE
Forging a European Health Union: Between subsidiarity and sovereignty? 
Elizabeth Kuiper co-authored an article on the potential barriers posed by subsidiarity and sovereignty for the creation of a European Health Union.

Read the article here.

21 September 2022 - ,
Eurohealth Volume 28

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