James Cheyne has had a 35-year career in logistics and management of vaccine programmes in low and middle income countries. As the first employee of WHO’s nascent Cold Chain Unit he contributed to developing of new cold chain equipment, temperature monitoring devices, novel injection devices, and management structures for managing vaccine supply chains.
He developed most of the WHO management training materials for setting national vaccine policies, programme implementation, equipment care and repair, and the first e-Learning course on new vaccine introduction.
Working with PATH, Seattle and Geneva, he led a project in Andhra Pradesh India on hepatitis B vaccine introduction and the WHO-PATH Optimize project that initiated the Control Temperature Chain, an introduction strategy for malaria vaccine, new vaccine packaging targets, and a cold chain development project in Vietnam.
Now, working freelance he has contribute to implementation projects for vaccines and drugs with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO, the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and NGOs.
Mr. Cheyne has lived in five countries (one of them twice) and has worked with ministries of public health in over 50 countries in all regions of the world except Latin America.He is fluent in English and works frequently in French.