Ian Smith

Head of Secretariat, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board
World Health Organization

Dr Ian Smith is head of the secretariat of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. Co’-chaired by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mr Elhadj As Sy, the GPMB comprises political leaders, agency principals and world-class experts, and provides an authoritative, independent, comprehensive, inclusive global mechanism that apprises key policy makers and the world of system-wide progress towards increased preparedness and response capacity for outbreaks and other emergencies with health consequences It was established by the WHO Director-General and the President of the World Bank in 2018. Dr Smith also serves as a senior advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, having previously served as Executive Director of the Office of the Director- General and Advisor to the two previous Director-Generals, Dr Margaret Chan and Dr Lee Jong-wook.
Jan 2021 30 Jan 19.00- 20.30 (BKK) PL1 What has the world learned from COVID-19?