Francisco is Adviser to Director General Sandra Gallina on the External Dimension of Health. His career has been dedicated to the external dimension EU policies in various fields, holding a variety of management and diplomatic positions. This included trade, where he led the directorate in charge of strategy and analysis and health-related industrial and competition policy as head of section in the European Union's Delegation to China. Leading the Commission's market access unit, he has defended worldwide EU health-sector interests, with varied WTO, G20, OECD and G7 and international negotiation work. Another running thread in his career has been the chairmanship of high-profile committees in the Commission as well as in international fora. Amongst other dossiers, he currently leads work on the EU's new Global Health Strategy.