Assad Hafeez

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Dr. Assad Hafeez is the current chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.


He is a graduate of the Army Medical College. Specialising in paediatrics, he became a fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. He holds a master's degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in public health from the University of Manchester.[1]


After various posts in the public health sector in Pakistan, Hafeez was appointed the Director-General of Health at the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination in 2010. His appointment was welcomed by the medical profession because the post is normally given to a political appointee.[2] In this position, he has led various initiatives including the provision of a National Health Insurance Program designed to cover a population of over 100 million people. He is also the Dean at the Faculty of Medical Science at the Quaid-i-Azam University, and the Dean of the Health Services Academy, where he is responsible for the provision of policy advice to the government.[1]

Since 2015, he has represented Pakistan on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, being elected Vice-Chairman of the Board in May that year and becoming Chairman two years later.[1]


Hafeez has had over 60 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and is the author or a contributor to a number of books and monographs on public health.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Chairman of the Executive Board: Dr. Assad Hafeez". World Health Organization. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr. Assad Hafeez becomes new DG Health". The International News. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Biographies of the members of, and advisers to, the IHR Emergency Committee concerning ongoing events and context involving transmission and international spread of poliovirus". World Health Organization. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
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