Dr. Margaret Chan is a Chinese physician born in 1947 in Hong Kong. She was Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2007 to 2017. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Chan was Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases and Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza at WHO.
Prior to joining WHO, she was Health Director in Hong Kong for nine years.
Margaret Chan graduated in Family Economics in 1973 and obtained an M.D. in Medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1977, as well as a public health diploma from the National University of Singapore.