Nahla Abdel-Tawab is senior associate and country director of the Population Council’s Egypt office. She works closely with government agencies and leading NGOs to identify research priorities and interventions that address pressing needs and issues in reproductive health, including postpartum and post-abortion family planning, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and youth sexual and reproductive health. She provides technical and managerial leadership for the design and implementation of research and interventions to enhance young people’s healthy and successful transitions to adulthood. She also plays a key role in facilitating the scale-up of interventions and the use of research evidence by policymakers and program managers.
Abdel-Tawab first joined the Council in 1995 as a research fellow. In 2003 she became the director of the Council’s regional reproductive health program for West Asia and North Africa and was appointed as Egypt office country director in 2011.
Abdel-Tawab is a member of several national and international societies and committees. She holds a medical degree from Cairo University, a master’s in public health from Tulane University, and a doctorate of public health from Johns Hopkins University.