Maïmouna joined the Council in October 2022 as the first Fellow under the Hewlett-funded Expanding Access to Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Francophone West Africa (FWA) Project. Her fellowship focuses on developing skills in research design and methodology, institutional leadership, strategy and management. She is contributing to the implementation of the Council’s strategic plan and operational shifts to becoming a locally-rooted and globally-connected institution working closely with the International Programs Division Management Team. In addition, she is leading the development of a social and behavioral science study on preventing early and unintended pregnancies and school-drop out in FWA in collaboration with the Council’s teams in Senegal. For this two-year fellowship program, Maïmouna is spending time in the Council’s Kenya and Senegal offices and is being mentored by Harriet Birungi, Vice International Program Division.
Before joining the Council, Maïmouna was a Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in Washington, DC, where she worked on the positive and negative legal determinants of community-led responses for Sexual and Reproductive health (SRH). Before that, as an SRH coordinator in the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) in Dakar, Maïmouna led the evaluation of four SRH projects in West and Central Africa and helped to shape the organization’s new strategy for reproductive care delivery in humanitarian settings.
A former Fulbright Scholar, Maïmouna obtained her Master’s degree in Global Health Law with a certificate in International Human Rights from Georgetown University. In addition, she has a Master’s in Health Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor of Sciences in Midwifery with a minor in Law from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University. She is interested in exploring the intersection between health and policy, particularly how research can positively impact practices through evidence-based policies. Originally from Guinea-Conakry, Maïmouna is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.