Thomas Zeltner, MD
Expert leader in Public Health
Former Special Envoy of the WHO
Former Secretary of State for Health
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Thomas Zeltner, MD, is an international expert leader in public health and health system development. He was a 2010 Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University. He is co-founder of the Global Patient Safety Forum, a convening organization of the world's leading patient safety organizations, and a Managing Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. He advises international organizations and national governments in health policies and health policy reforms. He has served as Special Envoy in financing for WHO. In this capacity, he advised the Director General of WHO on the identification of an improved financing framework for the Organization. He served as Special Envoy of WHO, advising the Director General in critical areas of the current reform of this UN agency (how to cooperate with non-State actors such as NGOs and organizations in the private sector without compromising WHO's integrity, and how to better align WHO's priorities with the resources available to finance them). He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dr. Zeltner is president of Blood Transfusion CRS Switzerland, the organization in charge of securing Switzerland's provision with blood and blood products. He is a board member of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and President of Science-et-Cité. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
From 1991 to 2009, Dr. Zeltner was the Director-General of the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland, the National Health and Public Health Authority and Secretary of State for Health. In this function he was a key actor in Swiss health policy and represented Switzerland in many international health organizations.
He was graduated with an MD and a master's degree in law from the University of Bern. He holds a specialist degree in human pathology and forensic medicine.