Anders Nordström

Ambassador for Global Health, UN Policy Department

Ministry for Foreign Affairs


Dr Anders Nordström is the Swedish Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. Medical doctor from the Karolinska Institute. His first international assignments were with the Swedish Red Cross in Cambodia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iran. He worked for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for 12 years, including three years as Regional Advisor in Zambia and four years as Head of the Health Division in Stockholm. During 2002 Dr Nordström, as the Interim Executive Director, established the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a legal entity. 2003 he was appointed Assistant Director-General for General Management for WHO. He served as Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007 following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-Wook, Director-General. After handing over to Dr Margaret Chan, Dr Nordström was appointed Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services. From January 2008 until June 2010 Dr Nordström served as Director-General for the Swedish International Agency for Development Cooperation (Sida). Dr Nordström was appointed Ambassador for HIV/AIDS at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by the Government on the 26th of August 2010. In April 2012 the Swedish government appointed him the world’s first Ambassador for Global Health. October 2014 – March 2015 he worked with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola, David Nabarro. April 2015 to June 2017 he was the Head of the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone. July-August the same year he worked for WHO/AFRO as project leader for the Functional Review Project. He has served as board member of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GAVI, UNAIDS and PMNCH. And he has chaired and been a member of several international task forces, committees and working groups.

2 FEB, 2019 10:30-12-30 hrs. PS 2.3 Imperative Need for Paradigm Shift of Health Systems: A Holistic Response to NCD