Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

PhD in Community Health, University of Nottingham; MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases, University of London. Health scholar, researcher, diplomat. First-hand experience in research, operations and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics. 2005-12, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health; led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. 2012-16, Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. May 2017, elected Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. First WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO's chief technical and administrative officer. Has outlined five key priorities for the organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO. Former: Chair, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board; Co-Chair, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board. Chair, Board, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Board. Author of articles in scientific journals. Recipient of awards and honours.

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