Ivana Cattaneo


Ivana is Italian, married, 2 sons, living in Italy enjoying little things, music and arts.

She has an MSc in International Health Technology Assessment from the University of Sheffield, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, a master’s in management and a degree in foreign literature from Italian Universities.

Her work experience is at international level primarily with life science industry. Currently she works for a pharmaceutical company (Novartis) as executive director oncology policy and healthcare systems.

She is passionate about cancer policy, and she serves on different steering committees focusing on policy advocacy on cancer research, cancer challenges, access, and inequalities. She serves as:

In addition, she is involved in activities with the Rare Disease Community:

In the past she was involved in the Innovative Medicines Initiative ( Homepage | IMI Innovative Medicines Initiative (europa.eu)) – a public-private partnership aiming to speeding up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. She served in:

She has extensive experience in management and leadership at global and regional level developed with major multinational organizations.


Prior to her current role, she served in Novartis as Director, Public Affairs Oncology Europe; Director, Market Access and External Affairs Europe, Rare Diseases and Director, Academy Market Access Excellence Europe.

She started her professional journey in leadership and organizational development.

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