Our surprise guest

Every month we present a surprise guest whose work and commitment are an inspiration for others. For the July issue of EESC info we have invited Dr Hans Henri Kluge, World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe, and  Johan Strid, Director of The Ocean Race Summits, to share their thoughts with us.

Dr Hans Henri Kluge began his term as WHO Regional Director for Europe on 1 February 2020, following his nomination by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and appointment by the WHO Executive Board. He has 25 years' experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world.

Johan Strid started as Director of The Ocean Race Summit in August 2020. Before that, he served as secretary general first of the Swedish Scouts and Guides and then of the Swedish Paralympic Committee. Johan has a vast background in civil society activism, having been on the board of the Swedish Youth Council, the Swedish Red Cross and Ecpat. He has been an entrepreneur and started a number of companies. At European level Johan has served as chair of the Advisory Council to the Youth Directorate of the Council of Europe and been a member of the European Scout Committee. (eh)