Kelvin Khow Chuan Heng
Mr Kelvin Khow has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2002. He is presently Technical Officer (Tobacco Free Initiative) at the WHO Representative Office in China based in Beijing. Mr Khow will play a key role in linking WHO's tobacco control work to the development and execution of WHO's strategy for addressing the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases in China. Previously, he was the Acting Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Initiative programme at the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Through the Life-Course (DNH) at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific based in Manila, Philippines overseeing the tobacco control programme covering 37 countries and areas. Before that, he was the Programme Management Officer at the DNH Division. Mr Khow has worked at the WHO Country Office in Iraq on health sector reform and United Nations and donor coordination and before that at the WHO Headquarters office in Geneva, Switzerland on mental health and substance abuse issues and country support. Kelvin's broad areas of interest include advocacy for policy, health promotion, leadership capacity building and tobacco control and he is actively involved in assisting countries in the region establish health promotion foundations in order to increase investments in prevention of noncommunicable diseases. Kelvin has studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Michigan, USA and University of Melbourne in Australia. He is an alumni of both the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders Program for 2016 and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program.