From the desk of the Head of the Convention Secretariat
Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva
On 20 June 2014 Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, from Brazil, took office as the new Head of the Convention Secretariat for a term of office of 4 years, replacing Dr Haik Nikogosian.
Dr da Costa e Silva is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). She actively participated in the negotiations for the WHO FCTC and held important positions at WHO. Before joining the Convention Secretariat, Dr da Costa e Silva worked as coordinator for the Center for Studies on Tobacco and Health of the National Public Health School (ENSP/FIOCRUZ).