Since October 2011, Roberto Bertollini, M.D., M.P.H. is WHO Representative to the EU in Brussels and Chief Scientist of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Before this assignment, he has occupied senior management positions in WHO both at the Regional Office for Europe and at the Headquarters in Geneva since 1991 when he joined the Organization.
Earlier I his career he worked at the Epidemiology Unit of the Lazio Region of Italy. During his professional experience he has carried out missions in several European and African countries, supporting the implementation of health cooperation projects.
Dr Bertollini holds a degree in medicine and a postgraduate degree in pediatrics, as well as a Master in Public Health which he obtained from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983. His main professional interests concern the environmental influences on health, with special reference to the effects of emerging threats such as climate change, health effects of lifestyle and socioeconomic determinants including tobacco, alcohol and nutrition, the use of epidemiology for public health policy development and evaluation of public health programmes and practices.