Desk of the Head of the Convention Secretariat

Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo, MD MA

On 1 March 2020 Dr. Adriana Blanco Marquizo, from Uruguay, took office as the new Head of the Convention Secretariat for a term of office of 4 years, replacing Dr Vera da Costa e Silva.

Dr. Adriana Blanco Marquizo is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in Policies to Prevent Addictions in Children and Adolescents from the Latin American Center of Human Economy (CLAEH). She actively participated in tobacco control activities in her home country Uruguay, which contributed to Uruguay becoming the first smoke-free country in the region of the Americas.

Before joining the Convention Secretariat, Dr. Blanco Marquizo worked as Chief of the Risk Factors and Nutrition Unit in the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Pan American Health Organization.