The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.
The appointment of the current WHO Director-General took place at the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly in May 2022.
The most recent election process for Director-General began in April 2021, with the deadline for proposal submissions set for 23 September 2021. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Executive Board at its 150th session in January 2022, and the proposal was considered by the World Health Assembly in May of that year. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was re-elected and officially began his second term on 16 August 2022.
A Director-General can be re-appointed once.
Relevant documentation related to the election process is available here.