The Executive Council of the African Union endorsed today the candidature of Dr Tedros Adhanom for the post of the Director General of the WHO
The Executive Council endorsed the candidature of Dr Tedros Adhanom for the election of the post of Director General WHO scheduled for May 2017. The election of the post of the Director General WHO, scheduled May 2017, will be held on the 70th session of the WHO AssemblyDr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and chair of IGAD’S Council of Ministers. He is also serving as Member of Parliament. From October 2005 to November 2012, Dr.Tedros served as Minister of Health, during which, Ethiopia saw massive expansion of health services that helped it achieve most of health related MDG’s. As academician, his research work has earned him distinctions, including the Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award.
As a chair of the Executive Council of the African Union in 2014; he oversaw the successful adoption of the first 10 years plan of Agenda 2063. He also chaired a ministerial contact group on ICC that fought for the deferral of cases of President kenyata and his deputy William Ruto and achieved withdrawal of President Kenyata’s case and procedural amendment of the Rome Statute. In September 2015, he was elected again as chair of the Open-ended Ministerial committee on ICC. As co-chair of the third of the Third Finance for Development, he played key role in reaching a deal. He also played leading role in brokering the Addis Ababa Agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia and Jubaland Political actor’s that led into formation of Jubaland Regional State. Dr Tedros played key role in the negotiation between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the signing of Declaration of Principles Agreement.
Dr. Tedros holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Nottingham in 2000. He obtained a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London in 1992 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Asmara University in 1986.