BAKU, 13 September – Dr. Hande Harmanci of Turkey took up her appointment as the new Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Azerbaijan.
Dr. Harmanci is a public health manager with 28 years of experience at the national and global levels with a medical and public health teaching and research background, alongside being alumni of ‘UN Women Leaders’.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Harmanci has had 13 years of experience in WHO in three different clusters. She joined WHO Headquarters as special advisor on medical education, being responsible for strengthening medical curricula. She also worked as a team lead on preparedness, information and training within the Global Influenza Programme when the world was hit with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. From 2011 to 2018, Dr. Harmanci worked at the Global Hepatitis Programme. As one of the founding members of this programme, she worked on the global strategy on eliminating viral hepatitis, which aimed at supporting countries to reach the global targets and coordinating WHO Collaborating Centres on viral hepatitis.
Prior to joining the WHO, Dr. Harmanci served as a professor of public health in Marmara University and the deputy director of health services in a district of Istanbul from 1994 to 2005.
Dr. Harmanci is also a “Master Trainer” of adult education and training, instructional designer and facilitator.
She speaks English, Turkish and French languages.