Dr Mohamed Elmi
Coordinator of Environmental health risks
Regional adviser for food and chemical safety
Regional Center of Environmental Health Action
Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
World Health Organization
Dr Elmi held several posts in the Ministry of Health Somalia, as a director of community health, Director of Public Health, before joining WHO/EMRO in 1988, as WHO emergency Preparedness and Response Officer in Sudan and then Emergency Officer in the Regional Office in Alexandria, Egypt. He worked as assistant Professor for pharmacology and toxicology department in the University of Kuopio and later as Principal lecturer in the Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences in Finland, division of Environmental Health and Technology. During his period in the University of Kuopio, Finland, and Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences he has supervised many masters and Doctoral thesis.
Dr Elmi graduated as Public Health Officer from Health Personnel Training Institute in Mogadishu in 1975, and obtained DPH, there after he attended University of Liverpool, school of Tropical Medicine in UK in 1977, and obtained CTM&H and TTPHC. In 1981-1987 he attended University of Kuopio, Finland for M.Sc in Environmental Health Science and Technology, and 1994-1997 he obtained his PhD in Toxicology from Kuopio University. Dr Elmi also attended University of Leuven in Brussels, Belgium for disaster epidemiology.
Dr Elmi is an Expert in Public health, Environmental Medicine, Risk assessment and management of chemical exposure, toxic substance and biological threats. Dr Elmi lead the UN Fact Finding Mission on Pesticide Exposure in Somalia in 2003, and Joined a UN Fact Finding Mission on Toxic Wastes due to Tsunami on behalf of WHO in 2005 in Somalia, also he took part in lead poisoning in Senegal and United Nations Secretary General mission on alleged use of chemical weapon in Syria in 2013. He is a Public Health Officer and has a M.Sc. in Environmental Health Science as well as a PhD in Toxicology.