Anders Nordström

Anders Nordström
Acting Director-General of World Health Organization
In office
22 May 2006  8 November 2006
Preceded by Lee Jong-Wook
Succeeded by Margaret Chan
Personal details
Nationality Swedish

Anders Nordström (born 9 March 1960) is a Swedish physician who served as Acting Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 22 May 2006 to 8 November 2006.

Nordström trained as a physician at Karolinska Institutet and has experience in the field of national and international health policy and planning and strategic leadership. Nordström worked with the Swedish Red Cross in Cambodia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iran. He has also worked for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for over 12 years, including 3 years in Zambia.

In 2002, he was the Interim Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He became Assistant Director-General for General Management at WHO in July 2003 and, on May 2006, Acting Director-General on the death of Lee Jong-wook.[1] Later named WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services, one of his main contributions was to advance policy for manpower in health services, especially for low-income countries.

He was Director general for Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency from January 2008 to May 2010. He was dismissed as Sida's head in May 2010 amid controversy over fraud and corruption in the agency's development aid program in Zambia, with Nordström singled out for attention over lack of proper management.[2][3][4]

Despite the events of 2010, in April 2012 Sweden appointed Nordström as the declared "world's first Global Health Ambassador".

In April 2015, after a tenure as Sweden's Ambassador for Global Health, Mr Nordström was appointed back to WHO as the organisation's country representative to Sierra Leone.

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Lee Jong-wook
Acting Director-General of the World Health Organization
Succeeded by
Margaret Chan


  1. "Dr Anders Nordström becomes Acting Director-General of the World Health Organization." Geneva, WHO Press, 22 May 2006.
  2. "Sweden sacks aid agency chief in major overhaul." Archived 1 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Local: Sweden's News in English, 27 May 2010.
  3. "There’s lack of political will in corruption fight - SACCORD." Archived 11 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. By Ernest Chanda, The Post Online, 2 June 2010.
  4. Pamoja Consulting. "Top Bilateral Donors: A Primer" - 9. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Accessed 23 June 2011.
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