Nafissatou Diop is director of the Council’s office in Dakar, Senegal. She has international work experience in 14 countries, with an emphasis on family planning and reproductive health, strategic evaluation, HIV and AIDS, and immunization. As Senegal country director, she supervises the development and implementation of research and program evaluation in Senegal and other countries in francophone West Africa. Diop provides sound research results to inform evidence-based decisionmaking.
Before joining the Council in 2012, Diop was a senior program specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), based in Canada. At the IDRC, she developed the evaluation strategy and led evaluation activities of the Global Health Research Initiative—a global health research funding partnership of IDRC and four other Canadian government agencies. She also managed the Canadian International Immunization Initiative for Haiti (CIII2-Haiti) to promote better understanding of immunization-related issues, encourage and support innovative approaches to improve immunization rates among hard-to-reach groups, and strengthen research capacity in Haiti.
Prior to IDRC, Diop worked at the Center for Communication Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she created a resource database for those working to improve programs for victims of gender-based violence and conducted research in Africa and Haiti. She was also a faculty member of the school’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society.
Diop began her career as a computer science engineer at the Center of Studies and Research on Population and Development (CERPOD), a regional organization based in West Africa. She developed and maintained health systems software used in six countries.
Diop is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the Canadian Public Health Association, and the Canadian Society for International Health. She holds a computer science degree from France and an MHS and PhD in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.