Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, a native of Dominica, began her five-year term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in February 2013.
The Director represents the Organization as the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), the world's oldest international public health agency. The Director serves as chair of the Organization's Executive Management (EXM), as secretary to the governing bodies of the Organization, and oversees official relations with all members states of the Americas. In addition to representing the Organization at all levels (political, technical and administrative), the Director has direct oversight for country and sub-regional coordination, internal oversight and evaluation services, and legal counsel.
Ms. Mary Lou Valdez, a U.S. citizen and former official of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), became the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in February of 2020.
The second-highest post at PAHO/WHO, with a portfolio that includes serving as Secretary to the Governing Bodies of the Organization, including the Pan American Sanitary Conference, the Directing Council, and the Executive Committee. She oversees the official relations with the Governments of Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States of America; serves as a member of the Organization’s Executive Management, and has direct oversight of the Departments of Planning and Budget; External Relations, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization; Communications as well as the Offices of Governing Bodies and Equity, Gender and Cultural diversity.
Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., a national of Brazil, became the Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in July 2018.
Dr. Barbosa received his medical degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil). He specialized in public health and epidemiology at the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation-FIOCRUZ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He holds a Master's degree in Medical Sciences and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil).
Director of Administration
Ms. Kristan Beck, a national of the United States of America, was appointed Director of Administration of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in August 2021.
The Director of Administration serves as a member of the Organization's Executive Management (EXM) and is comprised of the areas for financial resources management, general services operations, human resources management, information technology services, and procurement and supply management. In addition, the Office of Administration oversees PAHO's Enterprise Risk Management Program and Compliance functions to strengthen accountability and the protection of PAHO's resources.