The World Health Organisation (WHO) appointed Soumya Swaminathan as its new Deputy Director General for its programmes. Swaminathan has served as the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) an apex body in India for biomedical research, for over two years now.
The 58-year-old paediatrician would be holding the second-highest position in the global body, working under Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. She is also a clinical scientist, known for her research on tuberculosis.
Saminathan has also served as the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai. She is the daughter of MS Swaminathan (92), the acclaimed Indian geneticist and father of green revolution. As per WHO Director General, Swaminathan will be the deputy director general for programmes (DDG) and Jane Ellison will be the deputy director general for corporate operations (DDC).