Sharifa is a Program Officer with Grand Challenges Canada, leading the Global Health Innovation Program.
Sharifa has extensive experience in managing and implementing global health programs. Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, she worked as an epidemiologist at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over four years, providing technical expertise to strengthen functional, sustainable surveillance systems capable of detecting novel and emerging outbreaks in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Previously, Sharifa held positions at the United Nations Population Fund and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, supporting global and regional maternal and child health program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Sharifa holds an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as well as a Certificate in Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.