Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Biographies of the commissioners

Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne is Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). He served two four-year terms from 1995 to 2002 in the position of Regional Director at PAHO, which is also the WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas. In October 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

From 2003 through 2010 he served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region. In that position he was responsible for ensuring follow-up to the United Nations General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS and the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS, in the Caribbean region.

A native of Barbados, Sir George studied medicine at the University of the West Indies and graduated as the gold medallist in 1957. He was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990, and in 2001 was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.