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Nyawira Gitahi (Kenya)

Director & Africa Lead, DataDelta

Dr. Gitahi is a Director and DataDelta lead for Africa region at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

As the DataDelta Lead for the African region, Nyawira will conceptualize, secure, fundraise, and execute strategic efforts and projects to increase DataDelta’s social impact, influence, profile, and engagement in the African region and beyond.

She brings extensive experience in research implementation of large multi-country studies and program implementation in the health sector. She has led various studies on HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) efficacy. She worked previously for GlaxoSmithKline, where she provided leadership for the SOAR EMEA region for a global regional study, and was also a regional director at LVCT Health, a leading not-for-profit where led the implementation large multi-layered project on girl empowerment and its intersection on health outcomes.

She has honed her skills in research through mixed-methods study from a competitive Fogarty International Centre fellowship grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several fellowships and honours through the University of Washington, University of San Francisco, California, and as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto.

Most recently, she was the Executive director at Goldstar Kenya, a local NGO with strengths in HIV care, reproductive health, and health systems strengthening. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, a Master’s in Public Health and Epidemiology from Moi University, and a Ph.D. in International Health.