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Zsuzsanna Jakab

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Europe


Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Europe




WHO Europe






What makes Zsuzsanna a Global Shaker.

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab is Director of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has a long history guiding health policy in Hungary and across the EU which affects over 50o million people .

Between 2002 and 2005, Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where she managed the country’s preparations for European Union accession.

She also heads the European centre for control and prevention of diseases and played a key role in the negotiations leading up to the Fourth WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in June 2004.

Between 1991 and 2002, Jakab worked at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in a range of senior management roles, including an appointment as Director of Administration and Management Support. Before this, as Director of Country Health Development, she was in charge of external relations and strategic partnerships: coordinating collaboration with the 51 Member States in the WHO European Region and international partners. During her long tenure with the organization, she also served as Director of the Division of Information, Evidence and Communication and Coordinator of the EUROHEALTH programme.

Last updated: April 18, 2018