Regional Director

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.


Publications


Video

Message on World Health Day 2018

Photos

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, at the Delhi End-TB Summit 2018, New Delhi
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at the International Conference on Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Thimphu, Bhutan, 19-21 April 2017
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with the Health Minister of Bhutan (Lyonpo) Tandin Wangchuk at the International Conference on Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Thimphu, Bhutan, 19-21 April 2017
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Amitabh Bachchan during World Hepatitis Day meeting in held Mumbai on 28 July 2016
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Dr. Nila F Moeloek, Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health of the Republic of the Maldives
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh presenting an award to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo for WHO World No Tobacco Day, Dili, Timor-Leste.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Minister of Public Health Thailand.
Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with His Excellency Mr J P Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India and His Excellency Mr Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan