Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, leads and guides the work of WHO in the European Region, and manages the Regional Office. From 2005-2010 Ms Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2002 and 2005, Ms Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, managing the country’s preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health; and from1991 and 2002, Zsuzsanna Jakab worked at WHO’s Regional Office in a range of senior management roles. Ms Jakab holds a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest; a postgraduate degree from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary. She began her career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs, including relations with WHO.