Joy St. John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Barbados

Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler

Dr Joy St. John has a track record of achievements in public health systems management and development and health diplomacy. Her firm but fair style has assured her a place in networks of practice across the world.
Dr. Joy St. John has been the Executive Director of CARPHA since July 2019, providing leadership and direction in executing the functions laid out in the Inter-Governmental Agreement.

She was the first Barbadian to serve as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, a post she held from October 2017 to April 2019, with direct responsibility at the World Health Organization for Climate and other Determinants of Health (CED).

Dr. Joy St. John is a Former Chief Medical Officer of Barbados (where she was also the first Barbadian to hold this office), a post she held for over 12 years, serving as the Top Public Health Advisor to the Minister of Health and responsible for the oversight of the management of the Health Sector.

She served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization from 2012-2013 (where she was the first Caribbean person to hold this post). 
Dr. Joy St. John holds  a BSc, MBBS, and MPH from the University of the West Indies.


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