Mr. Achim Kautz was one of the founding Members of the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) in 2004 and since 2001 has worked for Deutsche Leberhilfe e. V. of which he was the CEO till 2013. He has been a Member of the Board of the German Network of Excellence for Viral Hepatitis (Hep-Net) since 2002, Chairman of the Board of BAG Leber e. V. since 2003, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Leberstiftung since 2006. In 2008 he became a Member of the World Hepatitis Alliance and in 2010 he was among the founding members of the German workgroup “National Liver Strategy Plan”. In 2011 and 2012 he was the Vice-President of ELPA, in 2013 and 2014 the Policy Director. In 2014 he founded his own company “Asaldo Consulting LTD” but also the NGO Leberhilfe Projekt gUG which takes care of essential patient projects. He is now since 2015 the special Policy Consultant of ELPA and WHA and involved in some WHO groups.