Dr. Dorit Nitzan
Dr. Nitzan serves as the WHO Regional Emergency Director for the WHO European Region where she leads and oversees the WHO full emergency management cycle, from prevention and preparedness and from response and recovery. She has been with WHO since 2005.
Prior to her time at the WHO, Dr. Nitzan was in senior management positions in the Israeli Ministry of Health. She was also active in the non-governmental organization Physicians for Human Rights. She supported humanitarian operations in Ethiopia and the Middle East with the World Food Programme, and participated in missions supporting nutrition, food safety, public health and emergency response in China, the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation. She led health sector activities in disaster preparedness and response missions to Africa, Asia and South America, and served in the search and rescue operations response to the 2004 tsunami in Thailand.
Dr. Nitzan is a trained paediatrician. She graduated from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She completed her pediatric residency, fellowship and Master of Public Health degree at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Children’s Hospital in New York City, United States of America. Prior to this, she graduated as a registered dietitian from Hebrew University in Israel.