Poonam Khetrapal Singh, first woman regional director of WHO

The World Health Organisation is set to get its first woman Regional Director, South-East Asia region, in Poonam Khetrapal Singh. 

Having worked with the World Health Organisation for 15 years, Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been nominated as regional head of the WHO’s South-East Asia region. 

She was nominated to the post of Regional Director for five years, by the 11 member states of the region, a WHO note said. 

The 32-member Executive Board of WHO will officially appoint Poonam Khetrapal Singh as Regional Director in January 2014 in Geneva. She is expected to take office as the regional director in India on February 1, 2014. 

Poonam Khetrapal Singh started her WHO career in 1998 as a member of Gro Harlem Brundland’s Cabinet, the then WHO Director-General. She served as the Executive Director for sustainable development and healthy environment in Geneva. 

Poonam Khetrapal Singh is a senior civil servant, having held the post of Secretary and Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.
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