On Tuesday, 21 July, public health physician Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr. Took hold of the position of Director-President at the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency – Anvisa.He graduated in Medicine and specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology, holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences and a Doctor’s Degree (PhD) in Public Health at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). He has held several positions at the Brazilian National Health System and international organisms, having been the Municipal Health Secretary in Olinda (Pernambuco State) between 1994 and 1995, and State Health Secretary in Pernambuco (1995-1996). He was a Director of the Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia – Cenepi/Funasa/MS (Brazilian Epidemiology Center) from 1997 to 2003, when he was appointed Secretary (Vice Minister) of Health Surveillance (SVS) of the Health Ministry, where he was responsible for surveillance, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, health information, and health promotion. In 2006, he was the Executive Secretary of the Ministry. In 2007, he was nominated Manager of Health Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Diseases at the Pan American Health Organization – PAHO/AMRO, in Washington-DC, where he remained until 2010. He returned to the Health Surveillance Secretariat in 2011, where he worked until the beginning of this year, when he was named Secretary of Science, Technology, and Strategic Inputs of the Health Ministry. Jarbas Barbosa has been the Brazilian representative at the WHO Executive Committee since May 2013 and at the PAHO/AMRO Executive Committee, from September 2013 to September 2014, when he was the President of this governing body. He has been part of several Brazilian official delegations at WHO and PAHO directive organisms. He has been a member of the Stop-TB Partnership Board since 2011, of WHO Advisory Groups for the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Advisory Group since 2011, and of the Expert Advisory Group on reform of WHO’s work in outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences since 2015. He is also the co-chair of the Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) working group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector. Dr. Barbosa da Silva Jr. is the author and co-author of over 70 publications in the areas of public health, management of health systems, epidemiology applied to health services, health surveillance, and health scenario analysis.