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Naeema Al Gasseer


Representative in Egypt & Head of Mission

World Health Organization

Bahraini national, Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Egypt since August 2020, has over thirty years’ experience at country, regional and international levels in the areas of health systems, humanitarian and development to protect health and health security accountably. She is one of the first change agents in her organization to set the transformative vision based on creative work achieved in complex conflict settings, and has been engaged in COVID-19preparedness and response in Egypt.


Throughout of her professional life, she has been advocating for gender equity and women empowerment in public, private, and among civil society. She is one of the founders of International Council for Women’s Health and several other professional associations.  As WHO Assistant Regional Director based in Cairo during 2010/2011, she was also responsible for emergencies and humanitarian response. She played pivotal role in the development of the endorsed “research for health strategy” by 22 Ministers of Health in the region. She has served as WHO Representative in Iraq (2003 – 2010), Egypt (acting 2010 – 2013), and led Libya Crisis (2011) WHO Focal Point for eight months. She coordinated Health & Nutrition Cluster (2003 – 2005), and was delegated the role of Iraq UN Development & Humanitarian Coordinator several times, the longest was from April 2009 – Sept 2009; has been instrumental in ensuring the full coordination between the UN Agencies, NGOs and Development partners to work with clear strategies and plans of assistance to people. She has demonstrated success in bringing multi sectors and multidiscipline to develop health strategies in several countries.  


Dr. Al Gasseer has been educated in Bahrain, Lebanon, and received her Doctoral Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago, USA in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing sciences with focus on women’s health and diploma in Health System Management Care from Royal College of Ireland. In all her functions, she has been instrumental in advocating for informed policy decision making through support to research taking rights-based approach in settingstrategies in health priorities aligned with regional and global goals.