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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the candidates for the next WHO SEARO Regional Director. The SEARO Regional Committee will nominate the next Regional Director during its upcoming session.

Candidates for WHO RD
Candidate 1Candidate 2
NameDr Shambhu Prasad AcharyaMs Saima Wazed
Proposed byNepalBangladesh
CitizenshipNepaleseBangladeshi & Canadian
EducationDoctor of Philosophy (PhD), Public Health Major area: Health Policy and Financing, Master of Arts (MA), Sociology, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business Administration and CommerceDoctoral Candidate, Education and Leadership, HRD (2021- present), Specialist in school Psychology, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Position held– Director, Country Strategy and Support, Office of the Director General, World Health Organization
– Coordinator and Senior Public Health Officer, Department of Country Focus, World Health Organization
– Senior Public Health Specialist, Department of Health Financing and Stewardship, World Health Organization
– National Health Systems and Policies Officer, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office
– Programme Manager, World Health Organization, Dhaka, Bangladesh
– Long-term Consultant, World Bank, and Resident Mission for Bangladesh Fourth Population and Health Project, Washington, DC, and Bangladesh
– Director, Branches Division, Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN), Kathmandu, Nepal
– Project Director Community-based Nutrition Project, funded by CEDPA/USA under Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN)
– Board and Faculty Appointments
– Clinical Instructor, Barry University
– Chair Person, Shuchona FoundationVisiting Faculty, University of Dhaka
– Honorary Specialist, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital
– Vice Chair, Center for Research and Innovation
– School Psychologist in private and public school
-Chair person, Faculty, Chief advisor, Focal person
Written statementDownloadDownload
Personal Websitehttps://www.health4seasia.com/https://saimawazed.info/


  • April-July Submission and dispatch of proposals
  • August Web forum
  • 30 Oct. – 2 Nov. Nomination of one candidate by SEAR RC76
  • 16-19 Jan. 2024 Appointment of the Regional Director by EB154
  • 1 Feb. 2024 Term of new Regional Director begins

Best wishes for both candidates.
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