Team Leader - Development Assistance
World Health Organization
Andrew Black is the Team Leader (Development Assistance) at the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), based at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. As part of his responsibilities, Andrew leads the delivery of the FCTC 2030 project. Before joining the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC in 2016, Andrew was a civil servant at the United Kingdom Department of Health, where he had many roles, including Tobacco Programme Manager for almost a decade. As Tobacco Programme Manager, Andrew led the development and implementation of smokefree legislation in England, picture warnings on tobacco packs, removing tobacco displays in shops and ending the sale of tobacco from vending machines. More recently, Andrew supported the UK Government to negotiate the latest European Tobacco Products Directive, end smoking in cars carrying children and introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products. Andrew has also worked in other fields with the Department of Health including international relations, medicines regulation and social services. In 2003-2004, Andrew was the Private Secretary for the UK Health Minister. Growing up in Melbourne in Australia, Andrew studied geography at the University of New South Wales and has post-graduate qualifications in health promotion, management and communications. In 2016, Andrew was made an Honorary Member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health.