UMC’s board members

UMC’s board consists of six members and their alternates, appointed by WHO and by the Swedish government.

The operations of UMC as a WHO Collaborating Centre are governed by an agreement between WHO Headquarters and the Swedish government. The centre has an international board – WHO and the Swedish government each appoint three members and alternate members.

Since May 2019, the board has been chaired by Dr Filippa Nyberg, Chief Medical Officer, Karolinska University Hospital, and Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet.

The members of the board are listed below.

Appointed by the Swedish government

  • Dr Filippa Nyberg
    Senior Consultant, Karolinska University Hospital, and Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet
  • Dr Karin Meyer
    CEO, Swedish Pharmaceutical Society
  • Vacant


  • Dr Björn Eriksson
    Director General of the Swedish Medical Products Agency
  • Professor Gert Ragnarsson 
    Professor and Scientific Advisor
  • Gabriel Wikström
    National Coordinator for 2030 Agenda

Appointed by WHO

  • Dr Rogério Gaspar 
    Director, Regulation and Prequalification, World Health Organization
  • Dr Fred Moin Siyoi 
    CEO, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Kenya
  • Dr. V. G. Somani
    Drugs Controller General of India Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSO) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India


  • Dr Shanthi Pal 
    Acting Team Lead, Pharmacovigilance, World Health Organization
  • Dr Jun Kitahara 
    Director, International Information Group, Risk Communication Promotion Division, Safety, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Japan
  • Dr Juan Roldán Saelzer 
    Head of Pharmacovigilance Subdepartment of the Department National Medicines Agency at the Institute of Public Health of Chile
Last modified on: April 13, 2022