Dr Piroska Östlin


WHO Regional Director for Europe ad interim (a.i.)


Dr Piroska Östlin holds a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and is Associate Professor in Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She was appointed Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being in 2016.

Dr Östlin joined WHO/Europe in 2010 as Special Adviser on Social Determinants of Health and in 2012 became Programme Manager of the Vulnerability and Health Programme.

Dr Östlin has been coordinator of two WHO task forces (in 2004 and 2009) on Research Priorities for Equity in Health. She was also a Member of the WHO Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, as well as co-chair of the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network of the Global WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH).

Between 2001 and 2010 Dr Östlin was Member of the Board of the European Institute of Women's Health. Her former positions include Secretary of the Swedish National Public Health Commission, Research Manager and Expert in International Health at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and Member of Board of the Nordic School of Public Health.

She is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and co-editor of several books, including Gender Inequalities in Health: A Swedish Perspective, Harvard University Press, 2001, Engendering International Health; The Challenge of Equity, MIT Press,  2002, and Gender Equity in Health: The Shifting Frontiers of Evidence and Action, Routledge, 2010.