Kerstin Vesna Petrič is head of the Office for Cooperation with the World Health Organization at the Ministry of Health of Slovenia. She was previously Slovenia’s director-general of public health (2019–2022) and head of the Division for Health Promotion and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (2004–2019). From 1998 to 2004 she served as WHO Liaison Officer. She was a member of the WHO Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe from 2016 to 2019. She has been on the WHO’s executive board since 2021, and became chair in May 2022.