Tomas Zapata

Regional Advisor, Human Resources for Health (HRH) Department of Health System Development (HSD)
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South East Asia (SEARO)


Dr Tomas Zapata is a health systems and health workforce expert with more than 13 years of experience in policy advice, research and programme implementation, including long term international work with WHO, UNFPA and Doctors of the World based in Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Bangladesh and India. He has also conducted several analyses focusing on integration of services, primary health care, health workforce policy and health labour market analysis among others in African and Asian settings. Currently he is the Regional Advisor on Human Resources for Health in the Health Systems team in the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) based in New Delhi. Dr Tomas Zapata graduated as a Medical Doctor in Alcala University, Spain and he specialized in Family Medicine in Madrid, Spain. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master in Humanitarian Medicine by Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and a specialised short course on Human Resources for Health by Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA.