Lin, Kwang Wen Vivian

Honorary Professor
  • DrPH (UC Berkeley), MPH (UC Berkeley), BA (YaleU)


Professor Vivian Lin was Executive Associate Dean, LKS Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong between 2019 and 2024. She was previously Director of Health Systems for the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Regional Office from 2013-2018, where she led on universal health coverage, sustainable development goals, antimicrobial resistance, aging, and gender-based violence. She continues to support WHO as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for Universal Health Coverage and board member of the Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Policy and Systems. Prior to WHO, she was Chair of Public Health at La Trobe University, in Melbourne (2000-2013) and inaugural Executive Officer of the Australian National Public Health Partnership (1996-2000). With more than 40 years' experience in public health, Professor Lin has held avariety of roles in policy and programme development, health services planning, research and teaching. She is the author of several leading textbooks in Australia on public health, health policy, and health planning, as well as on China, has served on multiple editorial boards for leading journal, as well as multiple academic, government and community boards in relation to health promotion, public health education and research, complementary health workforce regulation, women’s health, Chinese community and China relations. She has recently served on two Lancet Commissions – on gender and global health, and on public health aspects of COVID. She was a member of the International Panel on Social Progress and chaired its health cross-cutting group. She has also consulted widely for the World Bank, UK Dept for International Development, AusAID as well as the WHO.


Selected Publications
  1. Kieny MP, Bekedam H, Dovlo D, Fitzgerald J, Habicht J, Harrison G, Kluge H, Lin V, Manabde N, Mirza Z, Saddiqi S, and Travis P.  Strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and sustainable development.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Published online 7 April 2017.
  2. Bloom G, Buckland Merrett G, Wilkinson A, Lin V, and Paulin S.  Antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage.  BMJ Global Health.  2017.
  3. Lin V.  Beyond Pandemic Management: How WHO can address post-COVID-19 futures.  Global Social Policy. 2020.
  4. Agartan T, Cook S, Lin V.  COVID-19 and WHO: Global Institutions in the Changing Multilateral and Regional Contexts.  Global Social Policy. 2020.
  5. Gariboldi I, Lin V, Bland J, Cawthorne A.  Foresight in the time of Covid.  Lancet Regional - Western Pacific. 9 Dec 2020.
  6. Lim M and Lin V. Governance in health workforce – how do we improve on the concept?
    A network-based, stakeholder-driven approach.  Human Resources for Health.  (1) 2021.
  7. Burris S and Lin V.  Law and urban governance for health in times of rapid change.  Health Promotion International. Vol 36, supplement 1: i4-i12. December 2021. DOI:
  8. Lin V.  Political Economy of Health Reform.  In Saddiqi S, Mataria A, Rouleau K, and Iqbal M (Eds). Making Health Systems Work in Low and Middle Income Countries.  Cambridge University Press. 2022.
  9. Leslie K; Bourgeault I; Carlton A-L; Balasubramanian M; Mirshahi R; Short S; Carè J; Cometto G; Lin V. Design, operation and strengthening of health practitioner regulation systems: A rapid integrative review. Human Resources for Health. Sept 4, 2023
  10. Mesa-Vieira C, Gonzales-Jaramillo N, Diaz-Rios C, Pano Espinola O, Meyer S, Menassa M, Minder B, Lin V, Franco O, Frahsa A. Urban governance, multisectoral action, and civic engagement for population health, well-being, and equity in urban settings: a systematic review. International Journal of Public Health. 30 August 2023.