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Tedros Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2017. Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served in Ethiopia’s government for over a decade as Minister of Health (2005-2012) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2016). As Minister of Health he led a comprehensive reform of Ethiopia’s health system, built on the foundation of primary health care, expanding access to health services for millions of people. Under his leadership, Ethiopia invested in critical health infrastructure, expanded its health workforce, and developed innovative health financing mechanisms. As Minister of Foreign Affairs he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London.