Dr Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization since 1998 and as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2010. His responsibilities include providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. His work also involves establishing partnerships with academic centres and civil society organizations and global advocacy for mental health, neurology and substance use issues. Dr Saxena is leading WHO’s work to implement the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013 and scaling up care for priority mental, neurological and substance use disorders. He was an editor and contributor to the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and 2011. He has written more than 200 scientific papers in indexed journals.