Susanne Weber-Mosdorf is a German national and studied Economics, Legal Sciences and Politics, specializing in Public Law and Financial Sciences at the University of Konstanz. This was followed by work experience at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and advanced studies at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris, before commencing a career in the higher German civil service. Her professional appointments include several positions in the local, regional and federal government where she held - among other responsibilities - portfolios ranging from environment and transport to finances, social affairs and culture. Weber- Mosdorf served four years as Mayor of Kirchheim in Southern Germany and a further four years as Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Women, Further Education and Art in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. After several years of senior- level experience in the private sector and before joining WHO, she was Director- General of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security in Berlin. Her remit in this appointment covered a variety of international themes, including health and social policy, international trade policy as well as international legal affairs. It was during this time that Susanne Weber- Mosdorf was also the Head of the German Delegation at the World Health Assembly and the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. She assumed her role as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization in January 2006 where she was responsible for environmental health and EU affairs. Since the end of her term of office she is teaching at the Universities of Potsdam and Lisbon and takes part in supervisory bodies of various institutions dedicated to Culture and Art.