Ladan Fakory is a health policy fellow at New America, where she provides research and analyses on domestic and global health issues.

She has 11 years of policy design and project management experience across U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). She has focused on a full spectrum of health issues, including the Zika virus, HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal and child health policy, the U.S. Global Health Initiative, and sleep study research. Her passion lies at the intersection of development and diplomacy. In 2013, she led USAID’s flagship event at the UN General Assembly, “Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Countdown: Girls and Women Transforming Societies,” which highlighted how the empowerment of women and girls has accelerated progress towards the MDGs. In 2012, she was the U.S. government health lead for the G-8 and authored the health chapter for the 2012 G-8 Camp David Accountability Report.

Ms. Fakory earned a B.A. in Biopsychology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Master’s in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS). At HKS, she led the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council and founded a Persian Caucus. She is fluent in Persian (Farsi) and conversant in French.