Director, Institute of Rheumatology Research IRR, Switzerland
Judith Safford is director of the Institute of Rheumatology Research IRR, a registered charity which she has been developing since the beginning of 2017 to raise awareness and funds for research into better treatment, prevention and ultimately cures of rheumatic diseases. Previously she worked for Non-profit organisations in many different fields, including as director of the International Mountaineering Federation, a grant giving foundation, and two aid organisations working in Africa and India. Affected by inflammatory arthritis since early adulthood, she finds that keeping active is essential to health and therefore sneaks off whenever time permits to tramp along a snowy mountain slope or scamper up a rock wall. Judith acquired her Ph.D. in public economics at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. In addition, she has a diploma in management of non profit organisations from the Verbandsmanagement Institute at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.