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Former WHO director general named fellow

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Gro Harlem Brundtland to be at Wiener Center

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), has been named Health Policy Forum Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy for the spring 2004 semester.

Brundtland served as director general of WHO from 1998 to 2003 after serving as the first woman prime minister of Norway for more than 10 years. Brundtland, who has also served as environmental minister and as a member of parliament from Oslo, received her M.D. from Olso University and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1965.

She was recognized in 2003 by Scientific American as their policy leader of the year for coordinating a rapid worldwide response to stem outbreaks of SARS. A former member of the Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Conflict, she now serves on the UN Secretary General’s panel on “Threats, Challenges, and Responses.”

While serving as Health Policy Forum Fellow, Brundtland will interact with Kennedy School and Medical School faculty, researchers, and students, focusing on global health issues.