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World Health Organization Director-General names senior team

New structure reflects WHO's core areas of work

Today, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), named her senior team to lead the health programmes, or "clusters" at WHO headquarters. Dr Chan also announced a revised structure including three new clusters, in order to realign WHO's structure with the six core areas she has identified to take WHO's work forward: health development, health security, health systems capacity, evidence and information, partnership, and performance.

The senior team:

  • Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, as previously announced, as Deputy Director-General
  • Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General of a new cluster for Health Action in Crises (formerly a WHO programme)
  • Dr Tim Evans, Assistant Director-General of a new cluster for Information, Evidence and Research
  • Dr David Heymann, Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases and Representative of the Director-General for the Polio Eradication Initiative
  • Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus continues as Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
  • Dr Elizabeth Mason, Assistant Director-General, ad interim, for Family and Community Health
  • Dr Hiroki Nakatani, Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Dr Anders Nordström, Assistant Director-General of a new cluster for Health Systems and Services
  • Ms Namita Pradhan, Assistant Director-General for General Management
  • Ms Susanne Weber-Mosdorf continues as Assistant Director-General for Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, and Representative of the Director-General on European Union Affairs
  • Dr Howard Zucker continues as Assistant Director-General for Health, Technology and Pharmaceuticals and Representative of the Director-General on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Public Health

In addition, Dr Chan has announced:

  • Mr Denis Aitken as Representative of the Director-General for a new programme on Partnerships and UN Reform
  • Dr Bill Kean to continue as Executive Director of the Director-General's Office
  • Mr Liu Peilong to continue as an Adviser to the Director-General
  • Mr Andrey Pirogov to continue as Assistant Director-General of the WHO Office at the United Nations in New York
  • Dr Ian Smith to continue as an Adviser to the Director-General.
For further information, journalists may contact:

Christine McNab
WHO Communications Department
Tel: +41 22 791 4688
Mobile: +41 79 254 6815
E-mail: mcnabc@who.int

Iain Simpson
WHO Communications Department
Tel: +41 22 791 3215
Mobile: +41 79 475 5534
E-mail: simpsoni@who.int

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