Fatou Wurie

Fatou Wurie

2021 AfDB Fellow

Fatou Wurie is an award-winning Scholar, Sustainable Development Practitioner and Communicator leveraging her 15 years of experience at the nexus of technology, gender equality and health policy to engineer social change.

She has worked extensively in the social impact space, starting her public health career in Maternal and Newborn Health Policy as Regional Advocacy Advisor for six-African countries. She has since held consulting and technical roles with various organizations, including the United Nations, UNICEF, and the WHO Foundation, informing impactful multi-country development programs spanning gender, youth, protection and deployments to public health emergencies.

Fatou's contributions extend to various platforms. She is a TEDx speaker on Climate and Women’s Financing, a Moth Storyteller and a contributor to the Moth’s New York Times bestseller 'Occasional Magic'. Her approach to integrating design principles in her work is captured in the book “Design for Social Innovation: Case Studies from Around the World” and her feature in the ArtCenter College of Design’s Dot Magazine. During the Ebola Outbreak she co-authored a paper on “Psychosocial effects of an Ebola outbreak at individual, community and international levels” published in the WHO bulletin. Her work is featured in Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Amnesty International and UNICEF blogs.

She was an Abshire-Inamori International Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Mo Ibrahim African Leader Fellow at the African Development Bank (AfDB); she is an Oxford University Alumnus, former President of the Oxford Women in Politics Society and presently a Doctoral Candidate and Prajna Leadership and Julio Frenk Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Fatou is on a mission to elevate under-researched, under-resourced and under-funded women's uterine health, placing African women at the forefront of policy, health delivery and financing.

  • Country: Sierra Leone
  • Current base: United States

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