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Wafaa El-Sadr

Wafaa El-Sadr is the founder and director of ICAP at Columbia University, where she is also University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health.

Her work through ICAP in more than 30 countries worldwide is focused on confronting and advancing major public health challenges including HIV, maternal and child health, women’s health, non-communicable diseases among others. ICAP aims to bridge the divide between knowledge and action, taking discoveries to implementation at scale in the real world. Dr. El-Sadr is also a prolific researcher with close to 400 publications.

She was born in Egypt, received her medical degree from Cairo University, a masters in public health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and a masters in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was named as McArthur fellow in 2008 and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.