Ali Ardalan

Senior HHI Fellow

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Faculty and Visiting Professor, European Master of Disaster Medicine (EMDM)
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Member, Health Emergency Advisory Group, WHO, Eastern Mediterranean Region
Member, Asia Science, Technology and Academic Advisory Group, UNISDR  

Ali Ardalan MD, PhD, is a pioneer in disaster risk management (DRM) in Iran and the MENA region who was the driving force behind the creation of MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies. He is an Adviser to Deputy Minister of Health, and founder and Director of DRM Office at I.R.Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education, where he has designed and established the integration program of DRM into primary health care (PHC) system expanded from national to regional and local levels.  

Dr. Ardalan is a WHO/EMR consultant and collaborates with WHO/Geneva on advocacy of "disaster risk reduction for health" and "hospitals safe from disasters" in line with SFDRR, and the Bangkok principles on implementation of health aspects of SFDRR. He is a technical coordinator of WHO/EMR for development of the health emergency risk assessment (ERA) protocol, and led a WHO mission in Afghanistan to conduct a national ERA in collaboration with MoPH and ANDMA.

Dr. Ardalan was a nominee for the 2015 UN Sasakawa Award and is an author and co-author of over 70 articles in English and Persian peer reviewed journals. He has contributed in UNISDR Global Assessment Report and IFRC World Disasters Report, and was a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute, and remains an active contributor to the Disaster Supercourse based in Pittsburgh University. Collaborating with ICRC and IRCS, he contributes in implementation of the HELP course as a national technical coordinator.

Dr. Ardalan has served as an epidemiologist and/or national public health coordinator in many disaster response operations in Iran such as Bam, Zarand, Lorestan, Varzeghan earthquakes, Golestan, Khuzestan and Lorestan floods, and Arbaeen mega mass gathering. He also led the assistance mission for Iran in response to the massive floods in Pakistan in 2010. Dr. Ardalan is the representative of Central Asia region in the International Board of Global Network of Disaster Reduction (GNDR) for Civil Societies.

As an academician and public health professional, for the good of people, Dr Ardalan continues to collaborate with partners around the world including the US, Italy, Sweden, UK, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Georgia, Hong Kong, Chian, Japan, Ethiopia and Uganda.