Executive Director, Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research, World Health Organization
Dr Abdul Ghaffar has worked for over 30 years in low- and middle-income countries managing research for health; planning, designing and evaluating national health systems; and teaching health policy and management.
He is a physician by training with a PhD in International Health (health systems) from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the Alliance, Dr Ghaffar served as Regional Advisor for Research, in the Eastern Mediterranean Office of the World Health Organization. Earlier, he worked as a Health Policy and Systems Specialist at the Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva. In his country (Pakistan) he started his career as a public health physician, and later worked at different leadership positions as Assistant Director-General of Policy and Planning; Deputy Director-General of International Health; and Director of the Health Services Academy, a national school of public health. He has played a leading role in establishing and managing policy and research fora involving civil society, policy-makers and development partners, both at the national and international levels. His desire and interest is to trigger a global movement to generate and use research evidence for improved policy and management decisions at the country level.