Assistant Director General, Innovation, Information,
Evidence and Research,
World Health Organization
Dr Marie-Paule Kieny was appointed WHO Assistant Director-General for Innovation,
Information, Evidence and Research in October 2010.
Prior to this, Dr Kieny directed the
WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research since its inception in 2001. Major successes under
her leadership were the development and licensing of new vaccines against meningitis
and measles, and against pandemic influenza in developing countries through
pioneering the transfer of technology and know-how.
Before coming to WHO, Dr Kieny held top research positions in the public and private
sectors of her home country, France. The positions included Assistant Scientific Director
of Transgene S.A.
from 1981 to 1988, and Director of Research and Head of the
Hepatitis C Virus Molecular Virology Group at the Institute of Virology, Institut national
de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) from 1999 to 2000.
She received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Montpelier in 1980, where
she was also awarded a University Diploma in Economics, and her Diplôme
d'Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the University of Strasbourg in 1995