Dr Dorit Nitzan joined the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases as Coordinator, Health Emergencies & Programme Manager, Emergency Operations, at the Regional Office for Europe in August 2016. In March 2019 she was appointed as Acting Regional Emergency Director, leading the European Region WHO Emergency Programme through the full emergency cycle, from prevention to preparedness, to response and recovery.
Dorit joined the World Health Organization in 2005. She was the Manager of Public Health Services in the South-eastern Europe Health Network, and the Head of Offices and WHO Representative in Serbia (including Montenegro at that time) until 2012. The team led by her received the 21st Century Award by the United Nations Secretary General for the special work done with and for the Roma people. and then WHO Representative in Ukraine, until 2016.
From 2012 to 2016 Dorit served as the WHO Representative in Ukraine. She led the WHO and Health Cluster humanitarian operations and the polio outbreak response in the country, established Field Offices and worked with the MOH, the UN, local health authorities, civil society, partners and academic institutions. For the work done, the team led by her received the WHO Director General Reward of Excellence for exceptional contribution to the Organization in 2015. In 2017 she was the first deployed Incident Manager for the grade 3 emergency due to the cholera outbreak in Ethiopia.
Prior to this, Dorit was the Director of the Nutrition Department and later the merged Food and Nutrition Administration in the Israeli Ministry of Health. She was also active in the humanitarian NGO “Physicians for Human Rights”. She also supported humanitarian operations in the Middle East and Ethiopia with the World Food Programme, and was a nutrition, food safety, public health and emergency response consultant in China, Republic of Moldova and Russian Federation. She led health sector activities in disaster preparedness and response missions to Africa, South America and Asia, and served the search and rescue operations response to the 2004 tsunami in Thailand.
Dorit is a pediatrician, graduated from the Medical Faculty in Sackler Faculty in Tel Aviv University, Israel, and completed her residency, fellowship and MPH in Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian-Columbia University in New York City, USA. Prior to this, she graduated as a Registered Dietitian, Hebrew University, Israel.