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ICMR chief Soumya Swaminathan appointed as WHO's deputy director general

The 58-year-old Swaminathan is a paediatrician and a clinical scientist, known for her research on tuberculosis

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Soumya Swaminathan
Soumya Swaminathan. Photo courtesy: @doctorsoumya

The director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Soumya Swaminathan, has been appointed as the deputy director general of programmes of the (WHO).

Swaminathan is the daughter of MS Swaminathan, the acclaimed geneticist and father of green revolution, and she would be holding the second-highest position in the global body.


She would be working under Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who took over this July.

The 58-year-old Swaminathan is a paediatrician and a clinical scientist, known for her research on tuberculosis.

She was earlier the director of the Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai.

Swaminathan will be the deputy director general for programmes (DDP) and Jane Ellison will be the deputy director general for corporate operations (DDC), said the WHO director general, while announcing his senior leadership team today.

Swaminathan has served as the director general of the ICMR, an apex body in India for biomedical research, for over two years now.

First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 08:55 IST
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