Finding Common Ground

Christine Fajardo (BSME 1986) FAME Features: WomenOfFAME

There is tremendous power in an intergenerational, collective and co-created effort. It starts by finding resonance in any of the social issues we champion, and taking initial steps to know where we can collaborate and work together.

In the health industry, like in many, the challenge is finding common ground and ways to promote shared goals of stakeholders. Thus, it has been my purpose and passion to bring together interdisciplinary thought leaders in framing emerging problems and establishing the link between lives and livelihoods, and access to healthcare, especially for the most vulnerable and people living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

The concurrent positions I hold enable me to contribute in both spheres. As Corporate Affairs Head for Novartis, I reimagine medicine with governments and the healthcare community. In the process, we jointly shape both strategy and structure to champion collaborative partnerships in the country and in Asia.

As Chair of the Philippine-Swiss Business Council, I help move a collective vision of boosting trade and impact investments so that Philippine businesses can tap markets within the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states, and promote achievement of SDGs. Sitting as a Board Member of Aid Line Philippine Swiss, I promote resource mobilization to rehabilitate facilities affected by calamities. I founded the Carlos Movement for Music to support music education for orphans and facilitate resources for motivated youth to complete selected degrees.

What have I done to push for radical positive change in the health industry? I established new ways to create access to 1) life-saving medicines and healthcare, 2) knowledge and information, 3) innovative collaborations — all leading to empowerment, and lasting and meaningful relationships for a better individual and society.


Christine Fajardo (BSME 1986)

Asia Cluster Communications & Patient Engagement Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Country Corporate Affairs Head, Novartis Healthcare Philippines, Inc.

+63 917 826 7059 |

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