Hanan H. Balkhy is a Saudi physician who currently serves as the Assistant Director of Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization.
Balkhy was the leader of the infectious diseases research department at King Abdullah International Research Centre at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr Balkhy is also the first appointed chair for the Infectious Disease Research Unit at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She developed and led a team of scientists with a focus on relevant infectious disease research, such as multidrug resistance pathogens and hospital acquired infections, as well as research on regional public health concerns including MERS- CoV, Salmonella and Brucellosis.
She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infection and Public Health from 2009-2019.
Balkhy is a member of several UN committees in antimicrobial resistance, including the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG). She is a fellow at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).