Kat Geddes practised as a junior attorney in an international law firm in Sydney, Australia, before completing her Master of Laws at Cambridge University, specializing in international intellectual property law. Her work focuses primarily on the intersection between international trade, intellectual property and access to medicines in developing countries. She is interested in the effects of the historical dichotomy between civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights, particularly with regard to the powerlessness perpetuated by socioeconomic conditions such as the inability to access basic health care. She has contributed to the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, exploring the policy incoherencies between intellectual property law, trade, access to medicines and human rights law. She has also worked on epidemic preparedness in relation to Ebola drug development and Zika virus in Fortaleza, Brazil.