Zsuzsanna Jakab - United Kingdom
Zsuzsanna Jakab , Regional Director of the Regional Office for Europe , World Health Organization
Zsuzsanna Jakab, was elected in 2010 as the Regional Director of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO/EURO) covering 53 Member States. From 2005-2010 Ms Jakab was the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm.
Between 2002 and 2005, Ms Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, managing the country’s preparations for EU accession in area of public health.
From1991 to 2002, she worked at WHO/EURO in many senior management positions including as the Director for Country Health and Director of Administration and Finance.
Ms Jakab holds Master’s and postgraduate degrees from the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University and from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest respectively; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary.
She began her career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, as external affairs, including relations with WHO.