Regional Director

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab was WHO Regional Director for Europe from 1 February 2010 until 30 September 2019. She is currently Deputy-Director of WHO, having been appointed to this position by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General in March 2019.

On 17 September 2019, Member States in the WHO European Region nominated Dr Hans Kluge for the position of WHO Regional Director for Europe. Dr Kluge is due to take up his post in early February 2020, subject to approval by WHO’s Executive Board.

During the transition period, Dr Piroska Östlin is WHO Regional Director for Europe ad interim.

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab's biography

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Dr Hans Kluge is the nominee for WHO Regional Director for Europe

Dr Hans Kluge was nominated as the new WHO Regional Director for Europe at the annual meeting of the WHO European Region’s governing body, taking place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Better Health for Europe: more equitable and sustainable (2019)

tells the story of how people working for WHO in the European Region have sought to make a reality of this goal over the last ten years.

Speeches and presentations

Report on the work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

Address by Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Election of Regional Director 2020