World Health Organization (WHO) Envoy, Dr Kazem Behbehani, today offered his
congratulations and support to Margaret Chan as the next WHO Director-General.
He also thanked the host countries he has visited in the run up to the
“I am very grateful to all the countries I
have visited for their hospitality and support. I have had the rewarding
experience of seeing firsthand many of the different health problems that exist
in our member states. I now have a revised and more real perspective of the
state of global health.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and
worked with me during my travels.”
About Dr Kazem Behbehani
Dr Kazem Behbehani, PhD (London), FRCPath (UK), of Kuwait, joined
the World Health Organization's (WHO) Geneva headquarters in 1990. He became WHO
Assistant Director-General for External Relations & Governing Bodies in 2003
and in 2005 became the WHO Envoy. He co-chairs Harvard University's scientific
advisory board for the environment and public health.
He joined WHO’s HIV/AIDS programme, was appointed programme
manager in the Tropical Disease Research Division, and subsequently became
Director of the Control of Tropical Diseases Division and Eastern Mediterranean
Liaison Office in Geneva.
Before joining WHO, Dr Behbehani was Professor
of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of Kuwait University, and held the
posts of: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, Vice Dean (Research) of the
Faculty of Medicine, Vice President for Research of Kuwait University and a
member of the University Council. He became a visiting professor at Harvard
Dr Behbehani is actively involved in environmental and health
issues, health management, application of information technology to health
(eHealth), and development of interactive educational materials for public,
professional and medical use (eLearning). He has written more than 100
scientific publications and a book on science and technology.
Behbehani will be speaking at the Financial Times Global Pharmaceuticals and
Biotechnology Conference in London on 18-19 September about: ‘Developing world
health – a question of need and greed?’