Dr Hiroki Nakatani

In the past four years, Dr. Hiroki Nakatani has been Project Professor, Global Research Institute at Keio University and Invited Professor at Osaka University Post Graduate School of Medicine. Also, […]

In the past four years, Dr. Hiroki Nakatani has been Project Professor, Global Research Institute at Keio University and Invited Professor at Osaka University Post Graduate School of Medicine. Also, Dr. Nakatani has engaged himself with various national and international institutions as Member, Executive Board, WHO; Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Chair, Board of Directors,
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund); Project Director, Hub on Population Ageing, Association of Pacific Rim Universities( APRU); Member, Board of Directors, National Center for Global Health and Medicine; and Director, Human Resource Strategy Center for Global Health with grant from the Ministry. He is a veteran public health specialist over 40 years, who started his career at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Dr Nakatani’s worked extensively in the area of health policy, public health, international health and health science and technology. Part of his national career includes assignment for Hiroshima Prefecture where he was in charge of integration of health and welfare services in preparation for rapidly coming ageing society. With regards to international career, he represented the Government at various international conferences and meetings. Dr.Nakatani served WHO Headquarters twice. First as the Policy Analysist in the Department of Human Resource for Health from April 1988 to March 1993 and recently as Assistant Director-General of WHO from March 2007 to May 2015. He led the largest technical cluster comprising HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. During his tenure, the morbidity and mortality of these three major infections showed trends of decline, and a few tropical diseases were on track towards elimination and even eradication in case of dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease). Dr. Nakatani received his M.D. from Keio University School of Medicine, M.H.P.Ed from the University of New South Wales, and Ph.D. from Keio University.

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