PARIS21 2021 Annual Meetings: Data as a public good – Building resilience for a post-pandemic world


Samira Asma

Assistant Director-General, Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact
World Health Organization


Dr. Samira Asma is the Assistant Director-General for the Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact Division. The main responsibilities of this role are to lead the Organization’s efforts to establish an impact framework of accountability to deliver the ‘triple billion’ targets, to track health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through building enhanced country capacity, and to generate reliable data to forecast and inform public health policy. Dr Asma brings more than 25 years of experience in building teams and meaningful partnerships that lead public health programmes and policies to catalyze substantial and measurable long-term impact. Prior to re-joining WHO, Dr Asma worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over two decades where she developed global programmes on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases, environmental health, and injuries. Dr Asma has contributed to more than 100 publications, book chapters and policy papers on epidemiology, surveillance and data driven public health policy, and has earned a degree in dentistry from Bangalore University, India, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from University College London, United Kingdom.