Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome(UCSC), in August 2015 Walter Ricciardi was appointed President of the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) where he was Commissioner from July 2014 to July 2015.
In 2010 he was elected President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and in 2011 he was re-elected for a second term up to 2014. Since 2014 he is Past President of EUPHA.
He has been Member of the Executive Board of the United States NBME and is currently Member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research to the WHO/EURO, Member of the EC Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy, Governance and Leadership at the UCSC and Editor of the European Journal of Public Health and Oxford Handbook of Public Health.
In Italy he was member of the Higher Health Council of the Ministry of Health in the years 2003-2006 and the Italian Minister of Health appointed him Chair of the Public Health Section of the Council itself from 2010 to 2014.
In 2016 he was appointed Principal Investigator of the EC Grant N° 733274 “TO REACH” for the period of December 2016 – November 2019.
In June 2017 he was appointed “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic by Decree of the President of the Republic.
In November 2017 he was appointed Italian Representative in the Executive Board of WHO.