APO Director Joins Office

Dr Nima Asgari took office as the APO Director on 10 October 2016. The APO Director manages the Secretariat, oversees its programme of work, and reports to the Board.

Dr. Nima Asgari has over 20 years of experience, working in public health development and health systems focusing on strategic planning and coordination of development across multiple partners. Dr. Asgari has been with WHO since 2004, setting health system priority agendas in both global and country settings. Prior to joining APO, he coordinated WHO activities across key Thai public health agencies and international partners for non-communicable diseases, health related consequences of trade, health in all policies, and transformative health education. Dr. Nima Asgari received his medical degree as well as Bachelor’s degree in Parasitology from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in England. He has numerous peer reviewed publications covering various aspects of emerging diseases.