Sufia Askari

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Sufia is a globally recognised public health strategist with medical and healthcare management degree from India and a Master’s in Public Health from Australia. She has nearly 17 years of work experience in policy, technical support, research with international organisations and donor partners. Currently she is the Director of EME & Severe Acute Malnutrition at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where she leads CIFF’s global Health and Nutrition portfolio. Her work includes scoping and shaping grants that impact the lives of woman and children globally but with specific focus on Asia and Africa. Her current portfolio ranges from conducting evidence generations RCT to break intergeneration cycle of malnutrition in Sierra Leona to scaling up impactful products through business models in Bangladesh to working with one of the biggest farmers network in African countries to solving market solutions for newborn technologies in Africa. Her expertise lies in solving problems through local sustainable solutions. She believes in breaking silos to bring mother and child at the centre of solutions. Prior to joining Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Sufia lived and worked in many countries including India, Bhutan, Australia, Uganda, East Timor, and North Korea leading, developing and implementing strategies for maternal, new-born and child health, immunization, nutrition, and food security. In the past she has worked for philanthropies like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UN organizations like UNICEF. She has also undertaken research and published several papers including on issues like adverse childhood events and linkage with chronic diseases in adults in Vietnam. Sufia was born in Bihar, where she was trained as a medical doctor and holds several gold medals for achieving academic excellence; working and operating in the challenging context of Bihar, India.