About The Speaker

About The Speaker [Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood]


Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
Professor and Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health



Dr. Mahmood is a medical professional with more than two decades experience managing crises in health, disasters and conflict settings. She is currently Professor and Director of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Malaysia.  She was the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health, from April 2020 to August 2021. She is also a member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council and Climate Action Council.

Her previous appointments include the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations, and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia, a southern based international humanitarian organization.

Dr. Mahmood has held many Board positions in NGOs and INGOs and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work. In 2020, she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre.  She is currently on the board of the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and ALAM Foundation.

Dr Mahmood graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) , has a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the same university and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists United Kingdom. She also completed executive education at the International Management and Development Centre, IMD Lausanne.

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