Director, Social Enterprise Incubator, currently working in Bangladesh
Dr. Mahfuza Rifat has more than 16 years of experience working in the development sector. Experienced in strategic management, capacity building, and research, she led large scale donor supported country programmes in health, nutrition and population areas, including health care financing and social inclusion.
Dr. Rifathas a PhD in community medicine and clinical epidemiology (public health) from University of Newcastle Australia. She is a medical doctor by training and also completed Masters in health economics from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Rifat worked for a Global Fund-supported Tuberculosis programme of the reputed NGO BRAC in Bangladesh.
She taught at the MPH program at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC, as an assistant professor and coordinated multicountry research project at the university. She also taught global health as a lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Trained on leadership courses under the Australian Leadership Award, she was awarded an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) in 2011. Experienced in scientific writing, she has several publications and reviewed articles for international journals.
She represents different national and international platforms: she is a member of the scientific committee of the global symposium of health system research; member of the international union against TB and lung diseases (The Union).
"I joined ThinkWell to work on broader health system areas, focusing on health financing, sustainable health approaches, and universal health coverage.”