Ms. Alana Officer
Senior Health Adviser, World Health Organization
Ms. Alana Officer is a native of New Zealand. She holds a diploma in Podiatric Medicine from the Institute of Technology in Sydney, a Master’s degree in Applied Science – Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Sydney, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Ms. Officer started her career as a clinician in Australia and England before holding a number of technical and managerial positions working on disability, health and development in West and Central Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Western Pacific. She joined WHO in 2006 and was the Coordinator for the Disability and Rehabilitation Team within the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention from 2007 – 2014. There, she lead the development of such landmark resources as the WHO Global Disability Action Plan 2014–2021: Better Health for All People with Disability, the International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury, the World Report on Disability, and the Guidelines on Community-based Rehabilitation, among many others.
Ms. Officer has earned a number of awards for her contribution to disability and rehabilitation and is a member of several editorial boards for scientific journals. She joined WHO’s Department of Ageing and Life Course in July 2014.She coordinated the development of the World Report on Ageing and Health released in September 2015 and now oversees WHO’s work on Age-Friendly Environments.