Dr Svetlana Akselrod

Dr Svetlana Akselrod is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Platform, and leads a coordinated multisectoral and multi-stakeholder action in the fight against major killers of our time – NCDs. The Global NCD Platform brings together the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs and the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs and oversees a number of other cross-cutting initiatives on NCDs at global, regional and country levels.

Prior to that, Dr Akselrod held the position of WHO’s Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health, leading WHO’s work in tackling NCDs and their major risk factors. She led the preparatory process for the Third United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs, coordinated the work of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs and co-chaired the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs. Before joining WHO, Dr Akselrod served for more than 11 years in high-level roles at the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, holding the position of Deputy Director at the Department of International Cooperation and Public Affairs. Among Dr Akselrod’s key professional achievements were the inclusion of NCDs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, maternal and child health, antimicrobial resistance and malaria as key priorities in the national and international agendas of the Russian Federation.