Sophia Teshome, MPH, Director of Africa Operations at IHI, is an experienced public health and international development practitioner who oversees the operations and execution of IHI’s portfolio across thirteen countries in Africa. She has worked extensively in the US and Africa, including previously on PEPFAR programs with the CDC and Danya International in Ethiopia. She has also worked to build capacity of the healthcare workforce in Ethiopia with the American International Health Alliance and was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office.
Sophia was a Fellow with SCOPE Health at the University of Gondar in 2011 and continues to work with SCOPE as a Board Member of the organization. She has prior experience in child psychiatry/telehealth at Seattle Children’s Hospital, environmental health at Stanford University, HIV research at Seattle Biomed, and in TB Control among foreign-born populations with the Department of Public Health in Seattle & King Country.
Originally from Seattle, Washington and based in Addis Ababa, Sophia has demonstrated commitment in her career to global health, health policy, human rights, and international development issues. She holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Howard University and a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington.