Rüdiger Krech

Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation

World Health Organization (WHO)
Country: 
Switzerland

« In my opinion, the power of innovation of cooperatives and mutuals is...»

...the governance structure of cooperatives and the networking potential, as cooperatives span out to so many different sectors.

Biography

Dr Rüdiger Krech is the Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation. Before that, Dr Krech was the Director of the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health, and the Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at the World Health Organization from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, he was also responsible for WHO’s work on Social Determinants of Health. Before joining WHO, he was in charge of German International Cooperation’s (GiZ) work on social protection from 2003-2009 both in its Headquarters in Eschborn near Frankfurt and in India. He has also held various management positions at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen in the fields of health systems, health policies, health promotion and ageing between 1992-2003.

Dr Krech has studied educational sciences, medicine and public health and holds a doctoral degree in public health.

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