Interviews with the candidates running for WHO director general
In May 2017 a new director general of the World Health Organization will be elected—one of the world’s most critical appointments. The process is long and highly political.
On 25 January 2017, the World Health Organization announced that three finalists in the running to become the next director general are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Sania Nishtar, and David Nabarro.
Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Suerie Moon, policy director at the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, have interviewed the six candidates—the questions asked were based on the recent publication in The BMJ of Ilona Kickbusch et al's analysis paper "How to choose the world’s top health diplomat".
Born: 17 August 1961 (age 55) Nationality: Italian Current role:
Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health, WHO
"... You have to work with your critics. They criticise because they care."