Jose Manuel Besares Lopez

Coordinator, Young Health Program Mexico, AstraZeneca

Jose Manuel Besares Lopez is a Global Health Consultant from Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico. He graduated in Genomic Biotechnology by the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and he holds a Master in Public Health (International Health) by the University of Nottingham.
Self-identified as a Global citizen, he is passionate to address and propose solutions for Global Health issues. In 2013, he was the first President of BIDESIDA UANL, a student initiative that he co-founded, focused on the Prevention of the HIV/AIDS among the youth.

Manuel was a Member of the Youth Council of the United States Consulate General in Monterrey between 2014 and 2016. After finishing his tenure, he won the prestigious Chevening Scholarship of the British Government in 2016, to study his MPH in the UK. His Master´s Dissertation was called “The Science behind Testing: A Systematic Review of Zika Virus Diagnosis by Serology”.

In 2018, he won the Tabasco’s State Youth Award to the Academic Merit, Scientific & Technological Development. Recognised for his leadership skills in the Biological and Health Sciences, he obtained the “Young Health Programme Scholarship” of AstraZeneca to attend One Young World 2018 at The Hague, The Netherlands. 
Both a UK FCO Chevening and US State Department Alumnus, he has been recognised among the “100 Young Leaders of the Biotechnology in Latin America” by Allbiotech in 2017, one of the “100 Leaders of Tomorrow in Biotechnology” by Global Biotech Revolution in 2018, and one of the “150 Future Leaders” at Shaping Horizons 2019.

His professional expertise includes Health Promotion around Infectious Diseases as HIV and Zika Virus, but also the design of prevention strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases in Adolescents.  Currently, he works for AstraZeneca as Coordinator of the Young Health Program in Mexico; and he is the OYW Coordinating Ambassador for Central America.