Anjali Desai is a senior program officer at Panorama. In her role, she develops stakeholder engagement and advocacy strategies, provides strategic communications for complex global health projects, and leads a team that focuses on outbreak preparedness. Anjali prioritizes thoughtful collaboration, creative problem solving, and action-oriented approaches when engaging with partners. Her passion for social impact and justice stems from her upbringing in Zambia.
Most recently, as a program officer for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program at the State Department, she developed and executed community engagement strategies with the Affected Populations, Human Rights, and Community Engagement unit. She co-led the development of a $100 million fund focused on key populations and led processes to improve global, regional, and local community engagement across PEPFAR programs, policies, and country plans. Prior to PEPFAR, Anjali supported two initiatives at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center: one to promote support for biomedical HIV prevention research, and the other focused on research to improve the cancer screening process for breast, colon, and cervical cancer.
Anjali holds a Master of Science in Global Health and Development from the University College of London, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington.
A passport always by her side, Anjali is a keen traveler and has a goal of experiencing 50 countries by age 50 (she’s currently at 38 countries and counting).