Event Details

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

World Health Organization (WHO): Breakfast Discussion with Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations

Event Information

Date & time

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:00 am ‑ 10:30 am


New York


Heather Burns at (212) 490-0460 or

This Health & Nutrition Working Group Program is a private, off-the-record discussion with representatives from BCIU's membership and the private sector.

For more information, please contact Heather Burns at or 212-490-0460.



Nata Menabde is Executive Director of WHO Office at the United Nations, New York, a position she has held since May 2015.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Menabde was WHO Representative to India where she led a large team of thousands of dedicated professionals across India supporting the government’s efforts in tackling health and health systems challenges, such as eradicating polio and saving lives from vaccine preventable diseases, promoting universal health coverage for sustainable development, combatting tuberculosis, reversing growing trend of noncommunicable diseases, amongst others.

Preceding her assignment in India, Dr. Menabde was Deputy Regional Director of WHO’s European Regional Office and, among other initiatives, successfully led WHO’s European work on Health Systems and their relationships with health and wealth, which culminated in the adoption of the Tallinn Charter on health systems in 2008.

Before coming to India, Dr. Menabde was in charge of WHO’s extensive operations in 35 European countries, including emergency response and post-conflict recovery and rehabilitation (Peace through Health in Balkan countries). She was also involved in WHO’s work to achieve a polio-free European Region and has led WHO’s work in support of European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – a partnership influencing policies and system reforms in Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Dr. Menabde has a solid public health academic background and above 30 years of professional experience, during which she has built an extensive track record in public health and health systems at country and international levels. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pharmacology, diplomas in Health Management and Leadership from the United States and in Health Care Economics from the United Kingdom. She also studied Public Health from the Nordic School of Public Health in Sweden.