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Senior Advisor to the President on Healthcare Service

Hiroki Nakatani

Senior Advisor to the President on Healthcare Service

Dr Hiroki Nakatani has held academic positions in Japan as Visiting Professor (Pharmacology) at the School of Medicine of Keio University and Invited Professor (Public Health) at Osaka University Post Graduate School of Medicine. He also serves in various national and international organisations as an Advisor on International Affairs, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Chair & Representative Director, Board of Directors, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund); Senior Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA); Director, Human Resource Strategy Center for Global Health.

He has been a veteran public health specialist for over 40 years who started his career at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan. He worked extensively in the area of health policy, public health, international health, and health science and technology. His national career includes serving as Director-General of Welfare and Health Services in Hiroshima Prefecture, where he was in charge of integrating health and welfare services in preparation for the arrival of a rapidly ageing society.

With regard to his international career, he served the WHO Headquarters twice. From April 1988 to March 1993, he was a Policy Analyst in the Department of Human Resources for Health. From March 2007 to May 2015, he served as Assistant Director-General of WHO, leading the largest technical cluster of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Neglected Tropical Diseases. During his tenure, the morbidity and mortality of these three major infections showed trends of decline, and a few tropical diseases were on track towards elimination and even eradication (dracunculiasis or guinea worm disease).

Since the completion of his tenure, he has continued to serve the WHO as Member Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (2016-2018); Member, WHO Executive Board (2017-2020, 2021-2022); Chair WHO Executive Board (2019-2020); Chair, Committee A of the 75th World Health Assembly (2022); Chair of the Expert Group on Ageing, WHO Regional Office for South East Asia (2019-present), and Member of various other organisational governance, audit, and advisory committees within WHO.

Dr Nakatani received his MD from Keio University School of Medicine, MHPEd from the University of New South Wales, and PhD from Keio University.


  • Proven track record of effective management of the international organization
  • Link Research and Policy
  • Unbeatable Experience of Multinational Policy Formulation Process
  • In-depth understanding and experience in infectious diseases related partnerships



Public Health, Keio University, Tokyo (PhD)


Master of Health Personnel Education 

University of New South Wales, Sydney


Bachelor of Medicine

Keio University, Tokyo


2020 - Present Senior Advisor to the President on Healthcare Services, ERIA
2018 - PresentChair, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)
2015 - Present 

Visiting Professor of Keio University and Invited Professor of Osaka  University

2007 - 2015

Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization

2005 - 2007

Director-General, Department of Health & Welfare Services for Disabled Persons, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

2003 - 2005

Director, Division of Health Science, Minister’s Secretariats, Planning Coordinator of National Institute of Health Science and Director of Development of new Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

1999 - 2002

Director, Division of TB and Communicable Disease, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

1997 - 1999

Director, Division of AIDS and Specific Diseases, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

1979 - 1997

Various Public Health Positions at Home and Abroad


  • Hiroki Nakatani: Population aging in Japan: policy transformation, sustainable development goals, universal health coverage, and social determinates of health, Global Health & Medicine, 1(1), pp3-10, 2019
  • Hiroki Nakatani: Global Strategies for the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases, J Epidemiol. 26(4), pp171–178, 2016
  • Mukund Uplekar, Hiroki Nakatani, Mario Raviglione, et al: WHO's new End TB Strategy, Lancet,Vol 385, pp1799–1801, 2015
  • Christopher Dye, Thierry Mertens, Gottfried Hirnschall, Winnie Mapanju-Shumbusho, Robert Newman, Mario Raviglione, Lorenzo Savioli, Hiroki Nakatani: WHO and the Future of Disease Control Programmes, Lancet, Vol 381, pp413-418, 2013
  • Emily Leung, Daiana E Weil, Mario Raviglione, Hiroki Nakatani: The WHO Policy Package to combat antimicrobial resistance, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol 89, pp390-392,2011
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Michel Kazatchkine, Michel Sidebe, Hiroki Nakatani: Tuberculosis and HIV: time for an intensified response, Lancet, Vol 375, pp 1757-1758,2010

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