Dr Peter Salama is the Executive Director of the Division of Universal Health Coverage at the World Health Organization since March 2019.  From 2016 to 2019, Dr Salama was WHO’s founding Executive Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response, responsible for work in preventing, detecting, and responding to outbreaks and emergencies from all types of hazards.  Prior to WHO,
Dr Salama spent 15 years with UNICEF, where he served as Regional Director for the Middle-East and North Africa, country representative in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, Chief of Immunization, Principal Advisor for HIV/AIDS, and Chief of Global Health in New York.  Dr Salama began his international career with the NGOs Concern and Medecins Sans Frontieres. Dr Salama has published extensively on malnutrition and famine, vaccine-preventable diseases, maternal and child health, patterns of violence and mortality in warfare, and programming in fragile states. He completed his medical studies at Melbourne University in Australia, a Master of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) programme at CDC Atlanta. Dr Salama is a former Harkness and Fulbright Scholar in public policy focusing on migration and refugee issues.