Dr Paata Chikvaidze currently leads reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programme at the WHO country office in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a medical doctor, with PhD in obstetrics and gynecology and master of public health degree in health policy, administration and behavior science. He has 15 years clinical experience in reproductive endocrinology and family planning, and over 17 years of experience in public health and social programmes in 15 countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Eastern Mediterranean Regions. During 2007-2012 Paata served as a Technical officer for reproductive health and research at WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office. Prior to joining WHO he was a senior RH/FP advisor for John Snow, Inc. Europe and Eurasia regional FP programme; The World Bank senior consultant and head of the health policy unit at the National Institute of Health in Georgia; Also served as Country Director of IRD, Inc., Director of Health at Mercy Corps country programme, and Medical Associate at EngenderHealth RH/FP programme in Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries. His skills include: Health Policy and System analysis; Strategic planning; Health System Strengthening; health programme design, planning, monitoring and evaluation; Health service quality assessment; Advocacy; Institutional development and capacity building; Community and Youth health promotion & behavioural change interventions; Community mobilization. He is fluent in English and Russian.