Adviser to the Director-General
Dr Ian Smith is adviser to the Director-General and also led her transition team. He previously fulfilled a similar role for the former Director-General, Dr LEE Jong-wook, who died in May 2006. Prior to this, Dr Smith established and managed the Global TB Drug Facility (GDF) in the Stop TB Partnership secretariat. The GDF is an innovative approach launched in early 2001 to secure access to high quality tuberculosis drugs.
Before moving to Geneva in 1999, Dr Smith and his family worked in Nepal for 16 years as medical missionaries. The first 10 years were spent in a remote rural hospital and community health project, before moving to Kathmandu to work with the National Tuberculosis Programme of the Ministry of Health. He joined WHO in 1998. Dr Smith qualified as a doctor from Leeds Medical School in 1980, and completed a Masters of Public Health from the Nuffield Institute for Health in Leeds in 1994.