A graduate of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Melbourne, Australia and has worked in community pharmacy in Australia and the United Kingdom. John Ware has worked with FIP for 10 years as its representative to the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office with the objective of establishing this Forum.

He is a former community pharmacist in Australia, having operated pharmacies in both rural Australia and Melbourne, a city of 3.5 million people. A former National President and Victorian State President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia as well as President of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Chair of the Faculty Council of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University. As Chair of the Victorian College of Pharmacy he led the team that integrated the monodisciplinary college of Pharmacy into a single faculty structure of Monash University. He is a former member of the FAPA Council and has devoted the last five years to establishing regional education Programs for hospital and community pharmacists.

John Ware was honored with the Order of Australia for service to pharmacy education and professional development of pharmacy in the 2002 Australia Day Honours List. The only pharmacist in Australia to be recognized this year.