Research Event

Question Time: Electing the Next Director-General of the World Health Organization

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Chatham House, London

Centre on Global Health Security


Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia
Dr Flavia Bustreo, Italy
Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy, France
Dr David Nabarro, United Kingdom
Dr Sania Nishtar, Pakistan
Dr Miklós Szócska, Hungary
Moderator: Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
Co-Chair: David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House
Co-Chair: Suerie Moon, Director of Research, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva


The process for electing the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has started. The six candidates nominated by their governments are undergoing a process of scrutiny by WHO member states and its executive board prior to the election of a new director-general by the World Health Assembly in May 2017.

This event, which will be moderated by Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, is an opportunity for non-governmental stakeholders – medical professionals, academics, non-governmental organizations and the private sector – to hear from the candidates and put questions to them. 

This forum is held in association with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute, Geneva, which will be holding a companion event for shortlisted candidates in early 2017.

Funding from the Rockefeller Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

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Robert Ewers

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