Dr Hector Pardo-Hernandez joined WHO’s Department of Nutrition and Food Safety as Consultant (Specialist-Guideline Methodologist) in May 2020, as part of the Cross-cutting Global Initiatives team. He provides specialised methodological support for the development of global goods, particularly as Guideline Methodologist for a new clinical guideline on the management of obesity in children and adolescents 2-19 years of age.  

Before joining the team in Nutrition and Food Safety, Hector worked as a consultant for the WHO Regional Office for Europe providing technical support for an intercountry initiative on the integrated delivery of health and social services in long-term care. In this capacity, he completed a country assessment framework that was piloted in six countries, resulting in eight reports and two articles submitted for publication in biomedical journals.

Prior to WHO, Hector worked for eight years at the Cochrane Collaboration, both as a Researcher at the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (Spain) and as a Methods Editor for Cochrane’s Common Mental Disorders group (UK). Hector is involved in Cochrane’s Living Evidence Network initiative as a steering group member and in several GRADE working groups.

He is also vice-chair of the G-I-N (Guidelines International Network) updating guidelines working group, and received the Guideline International Network (GIN) 2020 Najoua Mlika-Cabanne Innovation Award.

Hector holds a PhD in Public Health and Research Methods from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York University (USA) and a Chemistry and Biology degree from Rhode Island College (USA).