Chair of the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES), and former CEO of the European Policy Centre (EPC)
Hans Martens was born in Denmark, and he studied Political Science at Aarhus University, specialising in EU affairs and in public administration, and went on to become Associate Professor in international political and economic relations. He joined the European Policy Centre (EPC), a leading Brussels think tank, as Chief Executive in 2002, and retired from that post in September 2013. He is now Senior Advisor to EPC and to the Danish think tank Europa. He chairs CHES (Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society), the health policy programme of the EPC. Besides he works as an independent consultant on a number of projects relating to health and energy policies at European level, including on the wider economics of health and care, outcomes measurements, health systems comparisons and evaluation, public and private cooperation in health care, value of diagnostic information – including digitalisation – and reform of health systems to focus on prevention and health promotion. He has also been leading on a project on digitalisation in Europe, including on eHealth, with the think tank Europa, building on previous experience on work on the digital Single Market during his years at EPC.
Alongside his business career, Hans Martens has been visiting Professor at the Universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen and he is a regular lecturer at BusinessSchools and Universities in Europe and in the USA, including VCU – VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity. He has extensive experience of curriculum design and planning and lectures regularly on the international circuit. He speaks five languages: Danish, English, French, German and Spanish.
He is the author of a number of books and articles on Public Administration, European integration, monetary affairs, energy and climate policies and the demographic developments in Europe.
4 blogs from the author
Posted on 03.09.2020
This is the second in a two-part series. Read part one. The link between clinical and social aspects of COVID-19 raises the question of what type of data are needed to manage the COVID-19 surge and better absorb shocks that may be caused by future pandemics. We believe clinical patient level data are essential given […]
Posted on 27.08.2020
The power of diagnostics information (VODI) to public health and society was a topic of keen interest even before the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic offers us fresh lessons on how health systems can harness this value. Many of us will recall one of the earliest recommendation from the Director General of the WHO during the […]
Posted on 15.11.2019
Prevention is better than cure. It’s cheaper too. In fact, preventing future illnesses and preventing complications from existing conditions, are vital to the future sustainability of health systems. For a vaccine that prevents measles, or a medication that prevents a heart attack, the value is obvious. But what about the value of learning that you […]
Posted on 10.06.2016
This blog is part 7 of a series on MEAT Value-Based Procurement, an initiative that advocates a shift from price-based procurement towards value-based procurement in healthcare. It does so by defining a Best Price Quality Ratio method within the Most Economically Advantageous Tendering (MEAT) framework put forward in the European Public Procurement directive. Read part 1, part 2, part […]