Dr Julie Lyn 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, Dr. Hall returned to WHO in 2008, where she spent the next four years working in various global positions, working to prevent the spread of both H1N1 and polio worldwide.
As WHO Representative to the Philippines, Dr Hall assisted the government to coordinate the immense global health response and ongoing recovery to 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, and developed programmes supporting health improvements in vulnerable populations.
On 21 September 2015, Dr Hall joined IFRC as Director of Health and Care based in Geneva. On 1 June 2017 she was appointed as IFRC Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of the Secretary General, and Special Advisor for Health.
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. In 2017 she was awarded Peter Safar Award by the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine for services to prehospital and disaster medicine.
Dr Julie Lyn Hall has served as IFRC Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of the Secretary General and Special Advisor for Health since 1 June 2017.