Neerija Kumar is Impact Measurement Manager at Grand Challenges Canada. Neerija leads the development of impact models that project the potential impacts of investments in health innovation out to the year 2030. She also supports innovators in strengthening their approaches to monitoring and evaluation and establishing measurement frameworks. Through collecting and analyzing results data from past and current innovators, Neerija’s work generates evidence to better understand how to support innovations to successfully transition to scale.
Neerija previously spent a number of years working on modelling health outcomes for GCC as an independent consultant. She also previously worked for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) in Tanzania where she undertook the monitoring and evaluation for a Global Affairs Canada-funded program designed to strengthen small business value chains. She has extensive experience working for municipal governments and non-profits overseeing the development and evaluation of recreation programs for children. Neerija holds a Master of Science in Health Science Technology and Policy from Carleton University. She is currently also the Project Manager at Ethiopiaid, an NGO dedicated to improve sexual and reproductive health for marginalized women and girls in Ethiopia.