Dr Ying-Ru Jacqueline Lo
Head of Mission and WHO Representative to Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei

Head of Mission and WHO Representative to Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei


Dr Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline is a board certified physician (Internal Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Hygiene) from Hamburg, Germany who took up her duties at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1998. With over three decades of work experience as a clinician and public health adviser, Dr Lo has worked in Europe, Latin America, and Asia and has held positions at all three levels of the Organization. Dr Lo’s particular interest lies in translating research into implementation. 


Before being appointed as Head of Mission and WHO Representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in October 2017, Dr Lo led the introduction of HIV treatment in the early 1990s in Asia, reinvigorated WHO’s global HIV prevention programme in Geneva and more recently led the introduction of hepatitis treatment in Asia. Dr Lo is now representing Dr Tedros A. Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General  and Dr Takeshi Kasai, the Regional Director of the WHO Western Pacific in the three Member States. She leads the high-level strategic and policy dialogue with the Ministries of Health emphasizing on a) non-communicable diseases and aging whilst closing the gap in communicable diseases, b) emergency preparedness and antimicrobial resistance; and c) climate change and the environment. 


Dr Lo has more than 50 peer-reviewed articles showcasing the role of Asian expertise in global health published in reputable international journals such as Nature Medicine and The Lancet. She was an associate editor of the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal.