Daniel Koch – Back to the future: When did we overcome the Covid crisis?

03. September 2020 – Oliver Stoldt

Dr. Daniel Koch studied medicine at the University of Berne and worked as a medical assistant for several years before he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross from 1988 to 2002. Initially, the physician worked as medical coordinator in crisis areas, including during the civil war in Sierra Leone, Uganda, South Africa and Peru.

In the spring of 2020, the doctor, who studied medicine, gained Swiss recognition through his media presence as Corona delegate of the Swiss Confederation. The former head of the FOPH’s Communicable Diseases Unit tells what we can learn from the corona crisis for the future, what is needed now to prevent the next wave, and how to get the population to support necessary measures.

Daniel Koch – Mr Corona

From 1997, he worked as a medical officer at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, where he was responsible for the medical programs in Africa. In 1996/97, Koch complemented his education with postgraduate studies at the renowned Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH). From 2002 to 2020 he worked for the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in various departments.

He was a member of the task force against the 2002/2003 SARS pandemic and the H5N1 avian flu. Until 2006, he headed the “Vaccinations” section. From 2006 to 2008, he was head of the section “Pandemic Preparation”. Daniel Koch achieved nationwide recognition in spring 2020 during the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic through his media presence in the Swiss media as head of the “Communicable Diseases” section at the FOPH.

Since June 2020, Daniel Koch has retired and works as an independent consultant for crisis management and crisis communication. For further information about Daniel Koch please contact welcome@premium-speakers.com