Zsuzsanna Jakab

Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization

Zsuzsanna Jakab has been serving as Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation since 2019. A Hungarian public health expert, she previously held the positions of Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organisation (2010-2019), and prior to this Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
(2005-2010) in Stockholm, Sweden.


Jakab’s career began in 1975 Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as a liaison to international organisations, most notably WHO. In 1991, she accepted a post in the WHO’s regional office for Europe in Copenhagen, where she then rose to the post of director of administration in 2000. From 2002, Dr Jakab assumed the role of secretary of state in Hungary’s Ministry of Health. She is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the European Health Forum, a Member of the Board for GAVI, and a Member of the Board for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, as well as a Member of the Council
for the World Health Summit.


Dr Jakab studied political and social sciences at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest for five years, earning a Master’s degree in 1974. She later earned two postgraduate degrees, including one in macroeconomics, political sciences, and the history of religions from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest, in 1979. In 1999 she received a diploma for two foundation courses in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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