Pharmacist, Dr. Ravinetto holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medical Biology from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).
She was employed as Clinical Research Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry (Glaxo, Glaxo Wellcome) from 1992 to 1999. In 1999, she moved to the humanitarian sector, and worked as pharmacist in humanitarian emergency and development programs in the Balkans and in Africa withPharmaciens Sans Frontières (PSF) and Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI). In 2002, she joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), where she followed various dossiers on access to essential medicines and on quality of medicines, while performing regular field assessments in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Since November 2006, she is the head of the ITM Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), which provides methodological and scientific support to ITM researchers and to ITM partner institutions in the South, for designing and conducting non-commercial clinical research projects in the fields of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS, viral hepatitis and neglected tropical diseases. She is also the coordinator of the ITM-hosted Switching the Poles Clinical Research Network, which aims at developing ethics- and GCP-compliant approaches to medical research carried out in research-limited contexts and in vulnerable communities; and a co-promoter of QUAMED, a North-South Network promoting evidence-based strategies for universal access to quality-ensured medicines. She teaches on subjects related to medicines and clinical research in developing countries, at ITM and at other academic institutions.
She was president of the Italian branch of MSF (2007-2011). Raffaella is a member of the MSF Ethics Review Board, an ethical reviewer for the EU 7th Framework Programme and for the European Research Council, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.
She has done reviews for the BMC Ethics, BMC Public Health, BMJ, BMJ Open, Pharmaceutical Medicine, PLoS Neglected Diseases, Springer Plus, Tropical Medicine International Health, and the WHO Bulletin.