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Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, OBE, JP, FRCP[3] (born 21 August 1947) is a ChineseCanadian[1] physician, who served as the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) delegating the People’s Republic of China[4] from 2006–2017. Chan previously served as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government (1994–2003) and representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza and WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases (2003–2006). In 2014, Forbes ranked her as the 30th most powerful woman in the world.[5] In early 2018 she joined the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[2]

She was widely criticized for her handling of the 1997 H5N1 avian influenza outbreak and the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, and for her frequent travels while Director-General of the WHO.[6]