Leanne Riley

Coordinator, NCD Surveillance

Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO


Leanne Riley has been serving as a Scientist with the World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland since August 1996. She currently works in the Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, where she leads NCD Surveillance. This includes developing global standards for noncommunicable disease surveillance and risk factor assessment; producing standard methodologies for collecting, analysing and displaying data; and supporting the collection, analysis and dissemination of country-level noncommunicable diseases and risk factor information to inform and improve public health policy. Specific survey initiatives supported by her team include the WHO STEPwise Approach to NCD Risk Factor Surveillance (STEPS), Global School Based Student Health Survey (GSHS), Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), and the NCD Country Capacity Survey. Prior to this she worked in the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, with responsibility for youth programming and surveillance and for tobacco product regulation issues; and the WHO Programme on Substance Abuse with responsibility for work in the area of alcohol surveillance, policy and programme development. She was educated in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has an MSc (Econs) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).