Laili Irani is an Associate II and Senior M&E Specialist with the Population Council and leads the evaluations looking at the impact of health, nutrition and sanitation programming among self-help groups in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as well as supporting various family planning and reproductive health work in India. These evaluations are focused on understanding the role of financial inclusion, collective support and women’s empowerment in improving maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes. She provides strategic direction to these evaluations and works closely with implementing partners to distill what works.
Laili has 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, conducting research and managing programs domestically and internationally across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. She has worked on projects related to gender equality, family planning/reproductive health, child health, HIV as well as tobacco control across multiple donors. Laili has also authored peer-review journal articles and working papers along with developing online courses and e-toolkits for various audiences. She has extensive experience in teaching monitoring and evaluation to various audiences.
Prior to joining the Council, Laili was a Senior Adviser in Gender and Evaluation at UNICEF in New York where she led the institutionalization of gender indicators and tools across existing monitoring tools and processes as well as guided evaluations globally on community health systems, birth registration and child marriage. Laili has also worked on the USAID-funded Health Policy Project where she contributed to the key technical areas of monitoring and evaluation, gender equality, and family planning/reproductive health. She has led high quality operations research studies resulting in practical recommendations on improving health systems to in-country donors and stakeholders, including impact of family policy implementation in Tanzania, and identifying barriers to FP-HIV integration within facilities in Malawi.
Laili received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, with a minor in demography and population studies and a focus in econometric analyses. Laili earned her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University and is a licensed physician from Tanzania.