André Ilbawi

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Cancer Control Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)


Dr André Ilbawi is a medical doctor, specialized and double-board certified in surgical oncology. Dr Ilbawi joined the World Health Organization in 2015 and now serves as the focal point for the cancer programme at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his current position, Dr Ilbawi is responsible for implementation of the 2017 World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control. He was executive editor of the 2020 WHO Report on Cancer and has supported additional WHO publications on broad topics ranging from guidance on cancer prevention to access to cancer health products. Dr Ilbawi also led the development of the WHO/IARC priority setting tool for cancer control, workforce optimization strategies and other tool to support capacity building. He led the launch of supports WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (2018) and now being implemented in 30+ countries as well as supported the launch of WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative (2021) and implementation of WHO Cervical Cancer Initiative (2019).


Updated: October 2021