New Director-General of WHO appoints new senior team
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He took office on 1 July 2017 and more about his background can be found here –
In early October he announced his new senior team to be based at HQ in Geneva and it predicts a few likely changes to the way WHO will work in the future. The new team includes individuals drawn from clinical practice, health bureaucracy, politics and public health roles. They also have a wide geographic spread, coming from India, UK, Italy, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia among other countries. Further information on each of the fourteen key appointments can be found in the profiles in this link
Of course, if you know of any of these people – now is the time to congratulate them and talk to them about medical genomics and HVP! We are still waiting to hear exactly how HVP’s MOU with WHO may be affected by these new appointments.