Dr Julie Lyn Hall

Dr Julie Lyn Hall is a public health physician from the United Kingdom who has, for the past two and half years, served as the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the Philippines. Dr Hall has had a long-standing connection with the Red Cross Movement having volunteered as an 18 year old to help the Philippines Red Cross conduct eye sight screening for children in some of the poorest areas in Baguio City. It was an experience that convinced her to go into medicine and sparked a life long commitment to humanitarian and development work.

On September 21st 2015, Dr Julie Hall has joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as Director of Health and Care based in the Secretariat in Geneva.

Born in UK in 1965, Dr Hall obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Medical Sociology and in 1991 graduated with a medical degree from St. Thomas Medical School, London University. She then went on to practice as a clinician in both UK and Australia.

In 1996 she was awarded a Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She graduated from James Cook University, Queensland in 1998 with a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine that focused on improving health in remote and rural communities. She completed the specialist four year public health training programme in the UK in 2003.

Dr Hall’s career in international public health began in 2003 when she served as a Medical Officer in the Global Alert and Response Team at WHO Headquarters during the SARS epidemic. She was then assigned to China to lead the WHO Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Team from 2003 until 2006.

Following two years as Principal Medical Advisor to the Australian government, Julie returned to WHO in 2008 as Team Leader for Emerging Infectious Diseases. In 2009 she was seconded by WHO to the UN Secretary General’s Office in Geneva to assist with inter-agency coordination during the H1N1 pandemic. She then returned to the Western Pacific as the Executive Officer to the WHO Regional Director from 2010 until 2012. An opportunity to support global efforts to eradicate polio took her to New York to serve as Global Polio Team Lead with UNICEF in 2012.

As WHO Representative to the Philippines, Dr Hall has assisted the government to coordinate the immense global health response and ongoing recovery to Typhoon Haiyan that struck a large portion of central Philippines in November 2013 as well as develop programmes to support health improvement in vulnerable populations.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to global public health, Dr Hall was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 and was elected by her peers to be a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2008.

Dr Hall is married with two teenage children.