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Jean-Luc Eiselé Jean-Luc Eiselé

CEO | World Heart Federation


Jean-Luc Eiselé, an expert at medical association management, currently leads strategy and operations for the World Heart Federation.





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CEO of World Heart Federation, Jean- Luc Eisele, speaking about World Heart Day.




Jean-Luc Eiselé has worked in the field of medical association management for almost 20 years. He was trained as a biochemist working at the Biozentrum in Basel and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In 1999, he joined the European Respiratory Society as Scientific Affairs Manager in charge of the Annual Congress and was offered to develop the educational activities, in particular the online portfolio. In 2001 he was nominated Deputy Executive Director and in 2007 ERS Executive Director. In 2011, he was appointed by FDI World Dental Federation as Executive Director, developing in particular its advocacy work and launching successfully the World Oral Health Day.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the global heart health authority – The World Heart Federation (WHF) , leading its strategy and operations. Since his appointment, Mr Eiselé strengthened the business model of the Federation and enhanced Membership engagement.

The World Heart Federation (WHF) is an umbrella organisation representing the global cardiovascular community, uniting patient, medical, and scientific groups. WHF influences policies and shares knowledge to promote cardiovascular health for everyone. WHF connects the cardiovascular community, translates science into policy and promotes the exchange of information and knowledge to achieve heart health for everyone.

Areas of Expertise (8)


Association Management




Strategic Communications

Strategic Planning

Public Health

Education (3)

University of Geneva: CAS, Modern Management for Non-Profit Organisations 2013

University of Basel: Ph.D., Microbiology 1988

University of Lausanne: M.Sc., Natural Sciences 1984

Affiliations (1)

  • International Federation of Aging

Media Appearances (3)

AstraZeneca and the World Heart Federation partner to raise awareness for heart failure

European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer  online


Jean-Luc Eiselé, chief executive officer, World Heart Federation, said “The morbidity and mortality rates of HF remain high globally, despite the significant advances in treatment and prevention. WHF’s HF Roadmap, created with an overall objective of reducing the global burden of HF, and our partnership with AstraZeneca is helping us improve the health of people living with HF.”

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AstraZeneca, World Heart Federation partner on CV solutions

Outsourcing-Pharma  online


Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO of the WHF, told Outsourcing-Pharma that the study revealed some notable gaps in understanding among both groups. 55% of the general public could not identify the definition of heart failure from a list of definitions of different cardiovascular diseases, and less than half of respondents were able to connect the leading symptoms with the disease. Meanwhile, policymakers tend to underestimate the societal and economic burden of heart failure. 60% of policymakers were unaware heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalisations among people over 65

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World Heart Day: Global Survey of 3,200 Heart Attack Survivors

Cardiology 2.0  online


“This World Heart Day, we want people to make a promise to themselves to look after their hearts,” said Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO, World Heart Federation. “Globally, cholesterol levels have hardly changed in nearly 30 years, and the incidence of heart disease is expected to rise by 40% by 2035. Doctors and health organizations around the world need to work with all patients, including high-risk patients to help them understand the right steps to take after a heart attack. This global survey reveals the continued confusion surrounding LDL-C and CVD, and the need for more people to act.”

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Featured Articles (5)

A global coalition for the fight against heart disease and stroke

The Lancet

Wood D, Eiselé JL


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Condemning industry attempts to subvert public policy for a tobacco-free world

The Lancet

Wood D, Eiselé JL


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Billions with oral disease: A global health crisis--a call to action

Journal of the American Dental Association

Sheiham A, Williams DM, Weyant RJ, Glick M, Naidoo S, Eiselé JL, Selikowitz HS


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FDI World Dental Federation: responding to new realities of oral health

Journal of Dental Research

Wong TC, Eiselé JL


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Celebrating 10 years of partnership between FDI and Unilever

International Dental Journal

Eiselé JL, Wong TC, Carlile M


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