Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, DrPH
Director, International Programs
Shaheen Kassim-Lakha oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s international program areas, including safe water access, children affected by AIDS, blindness prevention and education, and disaster relief and recovery. In addition to managing the operations of the Hilton Foundation’s international grant program team, she leads grant programs related to global health issues and capacity building, and contributes to the Foundation’s strategic planning. Kassim-Lakha has a broad academic and professional background in health services and public health, including experience in hospital administration, developing environmental health policy for urban centers in North America, and program management in several countries in Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a senior program officer at the UniHealth Foundation for six years. Kassim-Lakha received a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles and pursued a career in international development and environmental epidemiology. She completed the doctoral program in health services at UCLA’s School of Public Health, where her research focused on measuring results and developing an evaluation approach for healthcare philanthropy. She has served as a consultant to foundations and donor organizations on community-based initiatives, regional health systems development, program evaluation, and health policy research.