Margaret Chan


Dr. Margaret Chan has been director general of WHO since November 2006, beginning a second five-year term in July 2012. Before being elected director general, she was WHO assistant director general for communicable diseases as well as representative of the director general for pandemic influenza.

Latest Articles

Opinion: The future of public health lies in cities
1 Dec 2016

Cities play a critical role in promoting health and sustainable development. In this guest column, WHO Director General Margaret Chan explains why cities can lead the way in building healthier lives, sheds light on the newly adopted Shanghai Consensus, and calls for mayors and other leaders to show their commitment to the future of their cities and to their people.

Opinion: Leading from the top to promote health and sustainable development
17 Nov 2016

Legislative and fiscal measures are among the most effective approaches to promote health and foster sustainable development, but often face stiff and well-funded resistance from industry. Strong leadership will be required to make sure they are introduced and implemented, asserts WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan in this guest column.