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Dr. Fawad Akbari
Adjunct Professor
Aga Khan Foundation Canada


Dr. Fawad Akbari is an expert in pediatric medicine, global health, and humanitarian response. As the Director, Humanitarian Innovation at Grand Challenges Canada, he leads initiatives to fund and nurture health, WASH, life-saving information, and alternative energy innovations in conflict-affected countries. Fawad has held leadership positions in various organizations, including Aga Khan Foundation in Canada, the USA and Afghanistan. He has medical and public health degrees from Kabul Medical University and the University of Liverpool, respectively, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He has been a fellow, coach, mentor, and instructor with UNITAR fellowship programs for Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt since 2009. Fawad's research interests include health governance, community health, gender equality, and conflict and health.