The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named Dr Soumya Swaminathan as the organisation’s Chief Scientist.
She was formerly the Deputy Director General of Programs of the WHO and incidentally was the first Indian to have held this position. Taking over for Dr Soumya will be the WHO’s current Region Director from WHO Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab.
Dr Soumya, was one of three Deputy Director Generals (DDG) who assisted the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Her new role of Chief Scientist has been specifically created for her by the Director. She will be based out Geneva.