Dr. Uzma Alam is a global health professional, researcher, and entrepreneur. Her work focuses on using evidence and innovation to inform and influence policies and program strategies. Through this, she hopes to bring equity to some of the most vulnerable communities worldwide to drive social change.
She has international experience with roles of increasing responsibility across the science value change, having served with academic, non-profit, corporate, and governmental agencies, including advisory commissions and corporate counsel.
Uzma is the former secretary of the Association of Women in Science, editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, grant reviewer for the U.S Army Centre for Environmental Health, and advisor for the Kenya Ministry of Health and Africa CDC technical working groups. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Geneva Foundation.
She heads a Pan African science, technology & innovation (STI) agenda-setting and policy program that engages Africa’s science and political leaders to identify the top STI priorities for the continent that offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development. Additionally, she leads the Biomedical and Health Sciences Portfolio of the Developing Excellence, Leadership, and Training in Science in Africa program (DELTAS).
She enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and Urdu poetry in her spare time. She is also an apprentice wildlife filmmaker & photographer. Her recent co-produced short documentary on the impact of climate change on elephant habitat loss won the highly honored category at the Benjamin Makapa International Wildlife Awards 2021, Africa in motion.