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Catherine Duggan

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine Duggan provides leadership, development, advocacy and growth to global pharmaceutical organizations.


Dr Catherine Duggan is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and is responsible for visionary leadership, support, development, advocacy and growth across the 150 member organisations and the four million members FIP represents. In 2019, Catherine chaired the World Professions Health Alliance (represents 35 million health professionals across medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy and pharmacy) and signed the FIP MOU with WHO in May 2019 at the World Health Assembly meeting. The MoU builds on the formal established relationship WHO and FIP have held since 1948 and secures how pharmacy contributes globally to Primary Health Care to deliver Universal Health Coverage.Until April 2018, Dr Catherine Duggan was the Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, where she was responsible for the delivery of professional advice and support to all members across all sectors; the development of strategies to share and showcase good practice across the profession and development and implementation of professional standards for pharmacy. From 2012, Catherine led the development, implementation and strategic embedding of RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes into continuing professional development.Dr Duggan has published widely and presented at national and international meetings and has a wealth of people and programme management experience. She is a recognised leader across the profession working with many networks within and across the profession and, more widely, health and business. Catherine has worked in community, primary care, hospital and academia. Between 2007 and 2009, Catherine was the Chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and then an elected member of the Council of the RPSGB.A double graduate from the School of Pharmacy, University of London (now UCL School of Pharmacy, Dr Duggan received a Fellowship of the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 2013 was awarded an honorary Professorship from the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham in 2018. She has been awarded Fellowships of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Socity the Royal Society of Arts. In November 2020, Catherine was awarded the Nagai International Woman Scientist Award 2021, on behalf of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Japan.Catherine is an avid film lover, enjoys singing and travelling, fine wine and dining, sports and dancing.


Insights from Women Leaders Event with Dr. Catherine Duggan
Salus Vitae Group

April 11, 2021

What makes a good leader? According to FIP CEO Catherine Duggan, a good leader is one who can set a clear path ahead and bring their team alongside to advise, support and ensure everyone is on board, even when that path changes direction, and doing this with charm, humility and clarity.

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Pharmacy Leader profile: Dr. Catherine Duggan – “Change can bring success.”

January 01, 1970

What excites you about being a pharmacist? The impact we can have in direct patient care and support for family members, to policy development to education and research and the impact on societies and communities....

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Pharmacists are ideally placed to prevent overuse of antibiotics

November 14, 2019

What is FIP doing to address antimicrobial resistance, and how are pharmacists contributing? FIP CEO Catherine Duggan explains in a video for the Global Respiratory Infection Partnership. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Value of Pharmacist-Led Medicines Reconciliation Highlighted by New Toolkit
Pharmacy in Focus

February 19, 2021

Medicines reconciliation represents a key service across all transitions of care and, when led by pharmacists, is effective in reducing medication-related harm to patients,’ said FIP CEO, Dr Catherine Duggan...

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Dr Catherine Duggan – “We will build on inspiring work”
Advancing pharmacy worldwide with FIP

July 02, 2018

You’re the first female CEO of FIP. Do you see this as representing a cultural change? Maybe there’s a change — of sorts — taking place, but it’s worth noting that FIP has many female leaders: the Bureau has a history of female vice presidents; Carmen Peña was the first female president; Ema Paulino is professional secretary and took on the interim CEO role; and many of the staff are women…It’s significant that FIP is now working closely with the World Health Organization on issues facing women healthcare workers worldwide.

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Area of Expertise


International Pharmaceutical Federation

International Federation on Ageing

School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGHI)


University of London : Pharmacy and Health Services Research

University of London : Pharmacy

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