Special Advisor of the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health
Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood is the Special Advisor of the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health since April 2020. She is a renowned humanitarian, well known for her role as founder of the medical NGO MERCY Malaysia in 1999. She recently returned to Malaysia having been the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since January 2016. Dr. Mahmood was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations in New York, and her previous appointments include Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA; Senior Fellow at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in Malaysia’s Khazanah Research and Investment Strategy Division, and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College in London. From 2006-2009, she was one of 16 members appointed by United Nations Secretary-General to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund.