Technical Department Directors

Dr Riitta Dlodlo

Dr Riitta Dlodlo

Director, Department of Tuberculosis and HIV

Dr Riitta Dlodlo has been a physician and public health specialist in Zimbabwe since 1982. She was The Union’s TB-HIV Programme Coordinator from 2003 to 2015, when she became Director, Department of TB and HIV. 

Department of Tuberculosis and HIV offers 95 years of experience with TB, one of the world's oldest diseases, and extensive experience with HIV, one of the newest. 

Dr Gan Quan

Dr Gan Quan

Director, Department of Tobacco Control

Dr Gan Quan completed his PhD in Public Health and a post-doc on tobacco control research. Since 2009, he has managed China’s Bloomberg Initiative tobacco control grants, developed campaigns and conducted policy research. He became Director of The Union China Office in 2014 and Director of the Tobacco Control Department in 2017.

Department of Tobacco Control has worked with 50 countries – home to 2/3 of all smokers – and helped to develop policies, legislation and infrastructure proven to reduce tobacco use.


Dr Ajay Kumar

Dr Ajay Kumar

Director, Department of Research

Dr Ajay Kumar is a seasoned Public Health Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in low- and middle-income settings. He has worked for WHO-India and as a consultant for the Government of India’s National Tuberculosis Programme, particularly in leading TB-HIV co-ordination activities. He has been an author/co-author of over 135 publications and has facilitated over 60 national and international courses. 

Department of Research: manages the Centre for Operational Research, including the SORT-IT courses, and advises on other research activities.