Sufia is a trained medical doctor and a globally recognized public health strategist with almost two decades of experience in policy, technical support, and research, focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health; immunization; nutrition; and food security. She believes in breaking silos to put the mother and child at the center of solutions.
Her work with organizations such as UNICEF, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Sufia the opportunity to lead, design, and implement sustainable nutrition solutions in India, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Bhutan, Australia, Uganda, East Timor, and North Korea, amongst other countries. She is currently based in London.
- Core functions: Policy, technical support, and research.
- Core areas of interest: Maternal nutrition, newborn and child health, immunization, nutrition, and food security.
- Approach to work: Breaking silos to put the mother and child at the center of solutions.
- Core qualifications: Trained medical doctor from India; medical and healthcare management degree from India; Master’s in Public Health from Australia; executive leadership degree from Oxford University.
- Past organizations: CIFF, UNICEF, B&MGF.
- Past achievements: Led, designed, and implemented sustainable nutrition solutions, undertaken research, and published several scientific papers. Her past portfolio ranges from conducting evidence-generating randomized controlled trials to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition in Sierra Leone to scaling up impactful products through business models in Bangladesh, to working with one of the biggest farmers networks in African countries, to solving market-based solutions for new-born technologies in Africa.
- Global footprint Sufia is currently based in London. She studied in India, Australia, and Oxford. Prior to joining CIFF, Sufia lived and worked in many countries including India, Bhutan, Australia, Uganda, East Timor, and North Korea leading, developing, and implementing strategies for maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, nutrition, and food security.