M.E. Khan is a senior associate based in the Population Council’s New Delhi office. With nearly 40 years of experience, Khan conducts research to improve service delivery in maternal and child care, family planning, safe motherhood and abortion; and to explore the role of behavior change communication in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition outcomes in northern India. Khan has made significant contributions toward changing policy and scaling up health interventions throughout Asia. He has helped to expand access to emergency contraception in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam and used behavior change communication to help rural communities achieve better health.
Khan has devoted much of his career to mentoring new researchers in Egypt, India, and East and Western Asia. He has been instrumental in developing training tools and curriculums for this purpose and has partnered with WHO’s Reproductive Health and Research department to build professional research capacity in several countries.
For more than 20 years , Khan served as regional advisor and regional director of the Asia and Near East region for the Council's Frontiers in Reproductive Health project, a USAID-funded global project on reproductive health operations research. Before joining the Population Council, Khan managed the Operations Research Group, where he conducted research on population, energy, forestry, and health.
Khan has served as chairperson for the WHO Task Force Gender Sensitive Intervention and on several committees in India including the Indian Council of Medical Science Research. He is a founding member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and several international public health associations. A notable leader in his field, Khan is widely published and has authored over 100 books, chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles and reports.
Khan holds an MSc in statistics and an honors in mathematics from Patna University and a PhD in sociology from the Indian Institute of Technology.