Fuelling your leadership drive in public health with Nadia Akseer
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Show Notes

Leadership is fascinating. From the way movements are formed by a single individual to how that single individual is able to inspire change amongst others. Undoubtedly, we can argue that leadership is very important in public health.

In thinking about how we, as public health practitioners, can ensure that leadership is a skill that we constantly think about building on, we want to have conversations with our peers so that we can not only be reminded of our roles as leaders, but also to learn from and be inspired by them.

In this episode, Sujani speaks Dr. Nadia Akseer, an Epidemiologist-Biostatistician who has spent over 10 years leading research and analyses of clinical and population health datasets in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, as well as nutrition in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries.

In 2018, Nadia was identified as a Canadian Women Leader in Global Health, and in March 2019, she was awarded the 2019 Emerging Public Health Leader Alumni Award from the Public Health Alumni Association of the University of Toronto.

We speak about the leadership drive Nadia possesses, when she decided she wanted to become a leader in her space, and whether you need to be in a management position to be a leader, amongst other topics. And of course, I couldn’t let her go without asking about her multiple meetings with Bill Gates, to present and collaborate on some of her work.

You’ll Learn

  • The leadership drive, and what it is
  • What leadership means to Nadia
  • How and when Nadia decided that she wanted to become a leader in this space she was passionate about
  • Whether one needs to be in a management position to be a leader (hint: absolutely not)
  • Natural born leaders versus people given the right opportunities to become a leader
  • How Nadia goes about seeking new opportunities (as she is someone who thrives on being challenged and stimulated)
  • A glimpse into the career path she took: from Biostatician at SickKids, to Global Health Research at SickKids, then to Harvard, and now at Gates Ventures
  • How her view of leadership has changed over time
  • Verbal Communication and its importance in good leadership
  • A leader Nadia looks up to: Dr. Zulfiqar Butta
  • Reflections from her meetings with Bill Gates to present her research and work together on countries that have managed to reduce child stunting

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