Shekhar Saxena MD
Shekhar Saxena MD, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse World Health Organization, CH-1211, Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization since 1998. He is responsible for implementation of WHO's activities in the area of mental, neurological and substance use disorders. His responsibilities include evaluating evidence on effective public health measures and providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders issues and establishing partnerships with academic centres and civil society organizations. Dr. Saxena is leading WHO’s work to implement the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013, which incorporates actions related promotion of mental health, prevention of mental disorders and early identification and treatment and care for people with mental disorders. Dr. Saxena is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.