Elections for WHO Regional Directors

6 September, 2023

Since what happens in WHO has an impact on the global health system, it is worth noting that three of WHO six Regions are electing Regional Directors at their Regional Committees this year, to take office from January 2024: the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), South-East Asian Region (SEAR) and Western Pacific Region (WPR).

The EMR and SEAR positions are becoming vacant as a result of expiry of term of office, while the WPR position has become vacant after the incumbent regional director was fired for a series of offences. The Regional Directors of Africa, the Americas, and Europe are continuing unchanged.


Here are the candidates for the three positions:

Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Najim Abbas Jabir Al-Awwadi, proposed by Iraq

Dr Hanan H. Balkhy, proposed by Saudi Arabia

Dr Anass Doukkali, proposed by Morocco

Dr Abdul Ghaffar, proposed by Pakistan

Dr Ali Akbari Sari, proposed by Iran

Dr Ahmed Farah Shadoul, proposed by Sudan

Western Pacific

Dr Song Li, proposed by China

Dr Susan Mercado, proposed by the Philippines

Dr Jimmie Rodgers, proposed by Solomon Islands

Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, proposed by Tonga

Dr Tran Thi Giang Huong, proposed by Viet Nam

South-East Asia

Ms Saima Wazed, proposed by Bangladesh

Dr Shambhu Prasad Acharya, proposed by Nepal

Biographies and further details regarding the elections are available on the regional WHO websites.

Chris Zielinski

Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, UK  and

Vice President, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT chriszielinski.com. His publications are at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris-Zielinski and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue