Alex Ross, MSPHDirector, World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan
Mr. Ross is the Director of the WHO Centre for Health Development (a.k.a. WHO Kobe Centre or WKC), As part of WHO’s Headquarters, the Centre focuses on global research into health, social, and economic factors that contribute to health and development. For over a decade, WKC has led WHO’s research on urban health, focusing primarily on documenting and creating innovative solutions to address health inequities, social, economic, and environmental determinants of urban health, and intersectoral action. The Centre is currently leading work on new research focusing on universal health coverage, innovation and ageing.
Mr Ross is a public health policy expert trained at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to his joining the Centre, he served as Director for Partnerships at WHO Headquarters (Geneva), as well as senior advisory posts to Assistant Director-Generals for Communicable Diseases and for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. He led development of WHO’s partnerships policy, and nurtured WHO’s engagement with global health initiatives, non-governmental and private sectors. He was also deeply engaged in a number of key global initiatives such as the HIV/AIDS ‘3×5”, creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNITAID, the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness framework, and initiatives for innovative financing for health. Before joining WHO, Mr. Ross served in senior positions in the UK Department for International Development (2001-2003), and in several U.S. Government agencies between 1987 and 2001 (USAID Bureau for Africa, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, and U.S. General Accounting Office). URL: http://www.who.int/kobe_centre/en/