Sylvie Briand

Sylvie Briand is Director of the global Infectious Hazard Preparedness department (GIH) in the Health Emergencies Programme at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. GIH develops global strategies to prevent and control epidemic-prone diseases under the International Health Regulations. The scope of GIH includes COVID-19 but also other dangerous pathogens such as pandemic influenza, plague, Nipah virus, smallpox and other pox viruses and arboviruses (Zika, yellow fever and Chikungunya) as well as Disease X. Briand has been at the fore front of managing acute infectious risks to global health for more than 20 years, ensuring the development of global mechanisms and sustainable frameworks to facilitate multi sectoral and multi-partners coordination for epidemics and pandemics.