The CSEM Advisory Group

Dr. Julia Tainijoki

Dr. Julia Tainijoki

Medical and Advocacy Advisor, World Medical Association

Dr Tainijoki is the Medical and Advocacy Advisor of the World Medical Association, the global federation of National Medical Associations representing the millions of physicians worldwide. WMA acts on behalf of patients and physicians to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people.

Dr Tainijoki manages a variety of strategic projects at WMA ranging from infectious and non-communicable diseases to strengthening health systems, patient safety, access to quality-assured medicines and the social determinants of health. She serves as the WMA representative to the UN organizations, including WHO and other international institutions in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 10 years she also headed the secretariat of the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) representing more than 26 million healthcare professionals globally, was member of several international expert committee at WHO and other organisations, management board member of the Global Social Observatory and editorial board member of Southern Medical Journal.

She is a family physician, trained in Germany, UK and Switzerland with a Master’s in International Health Economy and Policy from the University of Bocconi in Milan, Italy.