Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region. She is currently serving her second five-year term in office following unanimous reelection by the Region’s 11 Member States in September 2018. The 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board formally appointed her to the position on 26 January 2019. Dr Khetrapal Singh is an Indian national and the first woman to hold the post.
Dr Khetrapal Singh has devoted more than three decades to strengthening public health as a leader and manager at national and international levels. She has vast experience in developing evidence-based, scientifically sound policy in complex provincial, national and international health systems, managing low-resourced health systems, leading large multi-sectoral teams and strengthening collaboration with global partners. With her strong, responsive and strategically sound leadership, Dr Singh continues to support Member States deliver remarkable results across the WHO South-East Asia Region.