Mr. John Wilmoth took up his position as the tenth Director of the Population Division on 2 January 2013. He comes from a distinguished academic career, lastly as Professor at the Department of Demography of the University of California at Berkeley. He has also previously served in the Population Division as Chief of the Mortality Section from 2005 to 2007.
Mr. Wilmoth is the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers examining various aspects of population dynamics and population issues, including the causes of the historical decline of human mortality, prospects for future trends in life expectancy, the impact of population ageing on public pension and healthcare systems, popular perceptions of population growth and its consequences, and methodologies for estimating and projecting demographic trends. Mr. Wilmoth has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the World Bank from 2009 to 2012, leading the development of new global estimates of maternal mortality. He is a member of the Population Association of America and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He also serves on the editorial boards of some leading demographic journals including Demographic Research and the European Journal of Population.