PROF HIROKI NAKATANI

Professor, Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI)

Dr. Hiroki Nakatani is presently, Project Professor, Global Research Institute at Keio University and Invited Professor at Osaka University Post Graduate School of Medicine. Also, 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 served 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). Before joining WHO, he worked at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. 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.