Former Acting Director-General (23 May 2006 - 3 January 2007)
Dr Anders Nordström was the Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007. He was appointed to this post by the WHO Executive Board following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, on 22 May 2006. Prior to that he had been WHO Assistant Director-General for General Management since July 2003.
A medical doctor from the Karolinska Institut, Sweden, Dr Nordström has a background that combines development experience in the field, national and international health policy and planning, and strategic leadership.
His first international assignments were with the Swedish Red Cross in Cambodia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iran. He worked for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for 12 years, including three years as Regional Advisor in Zambia and four years as head of the Health Division in Stockholm. During this time the Agency was supporting programmes on health development and poverty reduction in some 18 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, working closely with United Nations agencies, and other global and international organizations.
During 2002 Dr Nordström was the Interim Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In this capacity he laid the foundations for the Fund's present structure, through managing the Secretariat, preparing work plans, budget and recruitment. Prior to joining WHO, he was strongly engaged in global health policy dialogue, with a special focus on issues relating to health systems and human resources.
Dr Nordström took office as Assistant Director-General for General Management in July 2003 with a mandate to support the implementation of former Director-General Dr LEE Jong-wook's vision of a more effective and efficient organization that is equipped to "do the right things, in the right place". Working closely with colleagues in headquarters, regions and countries, as well as Member States and partners, important progress has been made in strengthening the planning and budget processes, improving management of human resources, and ensuring greater transparency and accountability.