WHO Assistant Director-General for Special Initiatives: Dr Ranieri Guerra

Dr Ranieri Guerra graduated from LSHTM in 1983 after studying an MSc in Community Health in Developing Countries, leading to his career change and full time work in puranieri-guerra-100blic health. It was recently announced that Dr Guerra would be joining the WHO Leadership Team, under fellow LSHTM alum Dr Tedros Adhanom, as the Assistant Director- General for Special Initiatives.

Dr Guerra has worked as the Chief Medical Officer in Italy and served as the Director- General for Preventative Health since 2014. He has also served as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre and was appointed the Medical Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. With a career in healthcare spanning over 30 years, his appointment comes as a culmination of an extensive service to public health.

He chose LSHTM for the relevant and affordable nature of the MSc course, pointing out that it was the “best option” for further study. His postgraduate study at LSHTM has enabled him to take on “managerial positions in different national and international entities”. The relationships he formed at LSHTM meant that he has stayed in contact with several students and staff members, providing a benefit throughout his career.

On speaking of his new appointment to the WHO Leadership Team, Dr Guerra is very proud and hopes to be able to “transfer a few bilateral and practical skills to the new WHO”. His experience working in the “wider aspects of public health, including evidence based policy design” will add value to the agency. In the future he anticipates being able to include “foresight function into the agency, to let it consider timely new frontiers of research and innovation, and lead public health organizations within an ethical and regulated environment”.

Dr Guerra’s advice to current students would be to take advantage of all the school has to offer with “staff at the school being exceptionally dedicated and extremely competent in their field of work and research”. He would also like to take the time to thank the “great professionals and personalities who dedicated their time to teaching and research, as many others, like me, are in debt”.

Congratulations to Dr Ranieri Guerra on his appointment to the WHO Leadership Team, we are very proud to have you as part of our alumni community.


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