We are thrilled to announce that our Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Rana Hajjeh as the next President of the Population Council.

Dr. Hajjeh will bring a wealth of experience in global health research, programs, policy, and management. A medical doctor and epidemiologist by training, she most recently served as Director of Program Management for the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt. In this capacity, she directed all technical programs — including women’s and children’s health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health systems, environmental health, and research and information systems — for a region of 22 countries, including many in protracted emergency situations. She also served for 23 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researching and leading responses to major epidemics across the world.  

Dr. Hajjeh has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and a member of various boards, and holds visiting professor positions in medicine and public health at Emory University and Johns Hopkins University in the U.S., and the American University of Beirut in her native Lebanon.  

Dr. Hajjeh’s appointment will begin in early September. 

Read our press release here. 

July 10, 2024

By: Population Council

in News and Views