Dr. Sumera Haque
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Dr. Sumera Haque's Story
Dr. Sumera Haque is a leading expert in women's health and champion of girls' education and women's empowerment. With over 20 years’ experience as a senior healthcare executive, she currently serves as the Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Center. She has also been a consultant to the World Bank on HIV-AIDS, liaison to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation and Ambassador for the Brookings Institution's Girls Education Champion Network South Asia Hub.
A physician from Pakistan with a master’s degree from the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dr. Haque is also a GBV survivor and advocates for women's rights and equal access to healthcare and education. Her leadership and volunteer activities include working with Tahiri Justice, Mirecs, Cair Coalition and Catholic Charities. She also serves as the Academy member of Global Teacher Prize a $1 million award for an exceptional teacher, George Washington University Alumni Ambassador, on the GW Parent Advisory Council, Faculty Advisor at the George Washington University Global Women’s Institute and Liaison for the GW International Medicine Program. For her work she has received the Shero Award for community service from Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland). Dr. Haque was also nominated to attend ‘The United State of Women’ White House Summit in June 2016.
Dr. Haque personally understands the gender equality issues faced by women in developing countries and has dedicated her life to connecting women to organizations that can give them opportunity and enable them to achieve their goals. In particular, she serves as the Ambassador and Producer for Girl Rising Pakistan, a global movement supporting girls’ education and empowerment.
Her upcoming projects include launching of the first Comprehensive Women's Health Center in Washington, DC, which will allow for connected care to ensure that women's healthcare needs are met. The center will also serve as a hub for academic training and teaching for women's centers in developing countries and provide new opportunities for collaboration and partnership for women's health leaders and advocates.