Dr. Bente Mikkelsen is Head of the Secretariat for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) and the UN Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases. The Secretariat is located in the Office of the Assistant Director-General Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization. She is the former CEO of the South East Regional Health Authority in Norway. Her current focus is to facilitate and enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors with a view to implement the work plans of the WHO GCM/NCD and the UN Task Force on NCDs. Her work is driven by her particular interest in gender, equity and human rights, implementing WHO reform, and making use of cross cutting measures, integration, innovation and new technologies.