Ehsan Latif

As program director, Ehsan Latif is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of global initiatives that support smoking cessation and harm reduction.

Latif has more than 20 years of experience managing the development and implementation of cohesive strategies to achieve public health gains by linking global health priorities to the needs on the ground.

Previously, he served as senior adviser for noncommunicable diseases and director of tobacco control at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, managing global teams across India, China, Singapore, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Brazil and Chad. His work entailed providing leadership for planning, organizing and prioritizing focused interventions for tobacco control to ensure delivery of strategic goals through collaboration.

In his early career, he was responsible for the development of the national health policy for Pakistan and served as a main contributor of the noncommunicable diseases debate in the early 2000s. His work has since involved capacity building and provision of grants to governments, civil society organizations, universities and researchers.

He recently led and managed a $10 million program to support policy development for tobacco control in low- and middle-income countries faced with highest burden of disease caused by tobacco use.

Latif has served on the boards of several public health entities, including the Framework Convention Alliance, the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance and the Global Smoke Free Partnership. He is also a member of various international groups working on lung health and tobacco control setup under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control secretariat and the World Health Organization.

Latif is originally from Pakistan and now resides in Scotland. He holds an M.D. from Punjab Medical College and a master’s of public health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.