Rupal Shah is a public health professional, with more than 6 years’ experience of working in the health sector in South Asia and the UK. She has a Masters from the University of Bath, UK, and from the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As the Technical Manager for MGF, she oversees and manages the technical design and development of expression of interests, proposals and development of new projects and programmes to support technical excellence for the foundation. This includes co-leading the preparation of expressions of interest, technical and financial proposals, and contributing to team selection and pre-bid negotiations.
Rupal shifted focus from pharmacy to human populations by pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. She is an experienced cross-cultural communicator, confident with change, calm under pressure, pro-active, and committed to improving health outcomes in low and middle-income settings. She has managed field projects in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, and is experienced in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her experience includes initiating a large two-year hepatitis E virus national surveillance project across Bangladesh to estimate the incidence of maternal and neonatal deaths from hepatitis E virus in an innovative partnership between a global research institute based in Dhaka and the Government of Bangladesh.
She has a passion for ensuring that all forms of technical assistance, whether research, training, consultancy or volunteering are delivered effectively and within an ethical framework. Rupal is PRINCE2 Foundation certified, and is comfortable managing logistics that require cross-organisational coordination and is experienced in working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
An English native speaker, she is fluent in Gujarati. She also speaks some Bengali.