Esther Tahrir, MPH

Founder and Director, Global Health Leaders

Public Health Institute (PHI)

Oakland, CA

Esther Tahrir, MPH, is a Principle Investigator/Project Director at the nation’s first Public Health Institute (PHI) where for the past 18 years she has run and scaled up innovative and impactful leadership development and fellowship programs globally. Currently she is Founder and Director of PHI’s Global Health Leaders corporate health fellowship program where she recruits and supports local public health experts to act as technical and strategic global advisors to Medtronic Foundation. Global Health Leaders fellows are increasing community access to noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and care and creating innovative public private partnerships in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ms. Tahrir is also Founder and Director of PHI’s GOJoven International  fellowship program that engages local young leaders to advance adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Central America and Mexico. She is the immediate past chair of the World Health Organization’s IBP Consortium focused on scaling up family planning around the world and is Chair of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Adolescent Task Force of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section. Tahrir received her bachelor degree in community studies with college, major and thesis honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She received her master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley, where she was appointed to the Faculty Council, was student elect to the school’s Strategic Planning Committee and was awarded the Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action.

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