Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

WHO Tobacco Free Initiative

Dr Edouard TURSAN D'ESPAIGNET, Coordinator, Comprehensive Information Systems for Tobacco Control

Edouard Tursan d'Espaignet joined the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in December 2008 as Coordinator of Comprehensive Information Systems for Tobacco Control (CIC) with responsibility for surveillance and monitoring of the global tobacco epidemic.

Prior to joining WHO, he was the Service Director for Surveillance and Monitoring with the Hunter New England Population Health Unit in Newcastle, Australia (2004-2008); Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia (2001-2004); and Director of the Epidemiology Branch of Northern Territory Health Services, Darwin, Australia (1996-2001), where much of his work focused on health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

From 1986 to 1995, he was an epidemiologist in, and later Head of, the Population Health Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra. From 1985 to 1986, he was a researcher at the University of Tasmania. He started his career as a United Nations Volunteer, spending 1981-1983 as a demographer with the Statistics Office of the Republic of Seychelles.

He holds a doctorate from the National Centre for Population Health, Australian National University, and a master's degree in Economic Development and Population from Macquarie University, Australia.