from The Internationalist and International Institutions and Global Governance Program

Podcast: The Next WHO DG: What Skills and Experiences are we Looking For?

October 20, 2016

Blog Post

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Ebola epidemic undermined the confidence that states and the international community had in the World Health Organization (WHO) and its ability to fully implement its own International Health Regulations.  Restoring respect for the underfunded and overstretched WHO will prove a massive challenge for the new Director-General (DG), who will succeed Margaret Chan when her term ends on July 1, 2017.  This third podcast assesses the current WHO leadership’s efforts to reform the organization while tackling other global health challenges.  It will also outline the skills, experience, and leadership a DG will need to steer the agency in a direction that can make it a true guardian of global health.

In this podcast, I am joined by Dr. Nils Daulaire, former assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Tikki Pang, visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. We are thrilled to welcome them to CFR.…