Sonja Kahlmeier joined the EBPI in 2010 as Deputy Head of the Unit on Physical Activity and Health and is leading the Unit since 2015. Her work focuses on physical activity promotion policy, analysis and networking as well as transport and economic approaches. Before that, she was with the WHO Regional Office for Europe in the Noncommunicable Disease and Environment Unit, where she addressed the same topics. She also serves as Executive member of the Steering Committee of the European Network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA Europe) since 2010 and was one of the leaders in its development and launch since 2005. She is involved in WHO, EU, national and local projects, carrying out discovery and translationational research as well as implementation and evaluation projects and serving in advisory capacity for projects, conferences and review boards.
She holds a Masters in Environmental Hygiene from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Basel.