Nahla Abdel-Tawab is director of the Population Council's Egypt office. She works closely with ministries of health and leading NGOs to identify research priorities and interventions that address pressing needs and issues in reproductive health, including postpartum and postabortion 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 results by policymakers and program managers.
Abdel-Tawab originally joined the Council in 1995. In 2000 she left the Council to work as an independent consultant and as a behavior change communication specialist for the Catalyst Project, a USAID-funded consortium that improved the quality and availability of sustainable reproductive health and family planning services in 15 countries in the developing world.
Abdel-Tawab returned to the Council in 2003. Before becoming country director, she was the head of the Council's regional reproductive health program for West Asia and North Africa.
Abdel-Tawab is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the Cairo Family Planning Association. She holds a master's in public health from Tulane University, a medical degree from Cairo University, and a doctorate of public health from Johns Hopkins University.