Health Sector Manager, East Asia and Pacific
Toomas Palu is Health Sector Manager for the World Bank’s South East Asia and Pacific Region. During the past six years, he has led Bank health programs in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, and previously, in several countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has also served as a Director in the Estonia Social Health Insurance Fund Management Board and as a Deputy Director of the Tallinn Emergency Care Hospital in Estonia. His interests as well as qualifications and experience are in the areas of health policy and health sector reforms in middle-income transition economies and health systems strengthening in developing countries. Toomas has an M.D. from the Tartu University in Estonia and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. He has also studied medical anthropology at Oxford University and health economics at York University in the UK. Toomas lives in Bangkok, Thailand.