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Announcing the WHO Headquarters Leadership Team

On 3 October the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the senior officials who would form the WHO Headquarters Leadership Team under LSHTM alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The team represents all WHO regions, and we are proud to say that two out of the fourteen new appointees are LSHTM alumni.

The new appointees are:

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes

Jane Ellison, Deputy Director-General for Corporate Operations

Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director of Health Emergencies Programme

Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, Chef de Cabinet

Dr Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems Cluster

Professor Lubna A. Al-Ansary, Assistant Director-General for Metrics and Measurement

Dr Svetlana Akselrod, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health

Ambassador Michèle Boccoz, Assistant Director-General for External Relations

Dr Ranieri Guerra, Assistant Director-General for Special Initiatives

Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases

Dr Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, Assistant Director-General for Drug Access, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals

Dr Princess Nothemba (Nono) Simelela, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents

Mr Stewart Simonson, Assistant Director-General for General Management

Dr Joy St John, Assistant Director-General for Climate and Other Determinants of Health

ranieri-guerra-100MSc Community Health in Developing Countries alumnus, Dr Ranieri Guerra who has been appointed Assistant Director-General for Special Initiatives is a physician from Italy with more than 30 years of public health experience. Since 2014, he has served as Director-General for Preventive Health and Chief Medical Officer of the Italian Ministry of Health. He previously served as director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, and was a Medical Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. He has also worked with several multilateral organizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr Guerra has published extensively on humanitarian and emergency operations and health reform in developing and transitional countries.

princess-nothemba-nono-simeDr Princess Nothemba (Nono) Simelela, a distance learning alumna from South Africa who studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health Policy, has been appointed Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents. Dr Simelela has more than 30 years of experience as an obstetrician, academic, advocate and government official and has served in several senior leadership roles. Her most recent position was as Special Advisor to the Deputy President, including on national strategic plans concerning noncommunicable diseases. Previously, she has served as the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council, Director of Technical Knowledge and Support for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPFF) and Cluster Manager for HIV, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections for the South African Department for Health. She has also sat on a number of committees and boards, including the Executive Board of the WHO, representing IPPF from 2004 to 2009 and the WHO technical committee for the development of guidelines for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Read more about the other twelve new appointees on the WHO website.

Images courtesy of the World Health Organization.

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