Dr Andrea Ammon takes up office as ECDC Director

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Dr Andrea Ammon has been appointed Director of ECDC and starts her five-year tenure on 16 June 2017.

Andrea Ammon, ECDC Director
Dr Andrea Ammon, ECDC Director

Dr Ammon was elected as the new Director by ECDC’s Management Board on 22 March 2017 and had a hearing before the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on 10 April.

The new Director

Dr Andrea Ammon is well known within the public health community. She has been with ECDC since almost the very beginning. She was the Head of the Surveillance Unit, and Deputy to the Director and Head of Resource Management and Coordination Unit before she was asked to serve as Acting Director in March 2015.

Prior to joining the ECDC, Dr Ammon served in several roles at the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin, Germany, most recently as the head of the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. In this capacity, she maintained and further developed the German national surveillance system; coordinated the national outbreak response team for current and emerging infections (including SARS and influenza A[H2N2]); and provided scientific advice for government ministries, Members of Parliament, and the public.

Dr Ammon is a medical doctor and of German nationality.