Tina Assi is a program officer with Grand Challenges Canada. Tina leads impact investments in innovations that improve the lives of underserved women, girls and children in low-resource settings. In this capacity, Tina is Grand Challenges Canada’s lead on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for the organization’s Transition-to-Scale portfolio, and provides strategic oversight on Grand Challenges Canada’s seed portfolios: Stars in SRHR, Saving Lives at Birth (SLAB), and Grand Challenges Canada’s new Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation Initiative (OPTions Initiative).
With over ten years of experience in epidemiology, global health and management, Tina brings robust experience to Grand Challenges Canada and has been central in helping the organization design its strategy and realize its objectives around advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Tina holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.