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Masoud Dara, MD

Masoud Dara, MD



Dr. Masoud Dara is a Senior Advisor of the World Health Organization Office at the European Union. Dr. Masoud Dara is a physician and public health expert from Belgium. In addition to his medical degree, he has accomplished several courses and postgraduate studies including courses at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Dara’s professional career began as a clinician responsible for diagnosis and treating tuberculosis patients and implementing DOTS in rural and urban areas of Iran. Since 1998, Dr. Dara has been working with multiple national and international organizations implementing TB control programmes, public health interventions and emergency response. He has worked as the Médecins Sans Frontières programme manager and medical coordinator of several TB control projects in Central Asia from 1998 to 2001. From 2001-2003 Dr. Dara worked as a WHO Medical Officer in the Russian Federation providing technical assistance to national health authorities and TB control services across the country. From 2003-2010, Dr. Dara worked as a senior consultant of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in different countries mainly in the fields of MDR-TB, TB/HIV and TB-IC. Since 2008 Dr. Dara has been appointed as the Chair of scientific working group of TB control in prisons of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. From 2004 to 2010, he has provided technical assistance to different countries as a GLC consultant and MDR-TB and TB-IC trainer. Since 2010, Dr. Dara has joined WHO providing technical assistance to the Member States in prevention and control of drug resistant TB. Since 2012, he is based at WHO Office at European Union in Brussels and currently functions as a Senior Advisor for communicable diseases and emergency response including Ebola. Dr. Dara speaks English, French, Russian, Persian and Dutch.

Work Location

  • Belgium


  • WHO Europe - EURO
Elizabeth Glaser

Elizabeth Glaser

Moderator Emeritus


Elizabeth Glaser, PhD., M.S., received a PhD in Social policy, focusing on global health and development, and an MS in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She was a past Zinberg Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her doctoral thesis was on the impact of malaria on school attendance, health related quality of life, and household economy. She has more than 20 years of experience working with underserved populations in domestic and international settings. She is an expert for the Global Burden of Disease 2013 and 2015 in HIV and malaria. She is a past president of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS care and is currently on the advisory board for the Global Nursing Caucus.

Work Locations

  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • United States


  • Brandeis University
  • Global Nursing Caucus
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation - IHME