Professor Nahoko Shindo serves as Head of Secretariat for WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-IH); an overarching experts advisory group for the programme on high-impact epidemics and pandemics.
As Senior Advisor in the Department of Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness at the Headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, she oversees the scientific and technical contents of the programme and reports to the senior leadership of the organization.
Professor Shindo’s background is in medicine, infectious diseases, emergency and intensive care, and public health. She trained at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, Radcliff Infirmary in Oxford and Jikei University School of Medicine Hospital in Tokyo, where she also earned her PhD in Medical Science (microbiology and cell immunology).
Since 2002, when she joined WHO, Dr Shindo has worked in epidemic intelligence and verification, risk assessment, outbreak response, influenza pandemic preparedness and planning. During emergencies, she serves as a core member of WHO’s Strategic Health Operations Centre, which lies at the heart of the Organization’s outbreak response.