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Senior Health Systems Strengthening Adviser

Dr. Mariam Reda, MD, is a public health physician with over 10 years of experience in clinical medicine and public health. She has served as a clinician, technical expert, strategic thinker, and innovative health programs designer and implementer. Reda has provided technical and management support for a wide range of health programs. She has demonstrated her ability to integrate strategies, turn challenges into learning opportunities, respond to evolving field demands, and continuously monitor and correct course as needed. Her technical expertise in health includes health systems strengthening, global health security, and management of emerging and re-emerging diseases. She also has experience with local systems capacity strengthening, development of academic curricula for nurses and midwives’ training, and strengthening countries’ bio-surveillance systems. She has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of States, the U.S. National Security Council, and international partners.

Dr. Reda focuses primarily on growing and implementing Abt’s global health systems strengthening portfolio in line with donor priorities. She supports the Local Health System Sustainability team in the planning, design, and implementation of country and core activities. She also serves as a lead for health systems strengthening work, including reputation management, implementation excellence, business development, and technical thought leadership.

Before coming to Abt, Dr. Reda served as a director in Chemonics International’s Global Health Division. She served in a senior technical and management role and provided project and divisional direction in health systems strengthening, global health security, technical capacity building, project management, business development, and thought leadership. She moved to Chemonics from Booz Allen, where she had been a Global Health Security Agenda specialist and before that, a clinical specialist. Dr. Reda also held several positions at Columbia University: Nursing and Community Health Workers Projects Coordinator and TB Reach Project coordinator.


  • Public health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Community health
  • Clinical research
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Global health security

Key Projects:

  • TB REACH project
  • The Nurse Education Partnership Initiative
  • Global Nurse Capacity Building Program
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program
  • Human Resources for Health in 2030


  • Antiviral Drug Susceptibilities of Seasonal Human Influenza Viruses in Lebanon, 2008–09 Season, Journal of Medical Virology in association with Division of Public Health, Department of Infectious Disease Control and International Medicine, Niigata University, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata, Japan.
  • Kharaishvili N, Hudson TL, Kannan JK, Ettenger V, Mirje S. Global Health Security Risk Assessment in the Biological Threat Reduction Program. Health Security. 2020 May/Jun;18(3):177-185. doi: 10.1089/hs.2019.0132. PMID: 32559155.
  • Dbaibo G, van der Wielen M, Reda M, Medlej F, Tabet C, Boutriau D, Sumbul A, Anis S, Miller JM. The Tetravalent Meningococcal Serogroups A, C, W-135, and Y Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine is Immunogenic with a Clinically Acceptable Safety Profile in Subjects Previously Vaccinated with a Tetravalent Polysaccharide Vaccine) International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2012; in press, doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2012.04.006.
Mariam Reda