Ken Gustavsen, Executive Director,

Global Public Policy at Merck & Co.

Ken Gustavsen is Executive Director, Global Public Policy at Merck and is responsible for supporting Merck’s emerging markets teams in the development and implementation of policies and advocacy related to pricing, reimbursement, trade and access. He also leads Merck’s efforts to engage with international and multilateral organizations on commercial and policy issues. In prior positions at Merck he oversaw the company’s philanthropic product donation programs, including the MECTIZAN Donation Program for river blindness elimination, and disaster relief and recovery partnerships in the developing world. He started at Merck in October, 2000, in the Global Procurement section of the Merck Manufacturing.

Before joining Merck, Ken led a post-war relief and development program in Kosovo for the non-profit organization World Relief, with approximately 100 local and international team members engaged in housing reconstruction, microfinance development, and general commodity support. Prior to World Relief, Ken served for 6 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments. 

Ken received an MBA in finance and global business from Rutgers University and a BS in oceanography from the United States Naval Academy. He and his wife Claudia, originally from Brazil, live in northern New Jersey and have three school-age children. In addition to speaking English with a slight New Jersey accent, he speaks passable Portuguese and Spanish.

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