Nile Regina El Wardani, MPH, MPhil, Ph.D. – has followed two careers that have overlapped for over 30 years. The first is in culture, music, art, journalism and production. The second is in global health and development, women’s empowerment, teaching and research.
She currently teaches Public Health at California State University San Marcos. She is a guest lecturer in Global Health at UCSD/SDSU in the joint PhD program. Previously she taught Global Health and Public Policy in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has worked for 25 years in Africa, the Middle East and the US in the fields of public health and development with an emphasis on human rights, reproductive health and women’s empowerment. She received a Master in Public Health from UCLA and a PhD from the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was awarded the Middle East Award for Social Science Research for her research on policy, governance, human rights, and civil society. Nile has consulted for UNESCO, UNIFEM, WHO, and the Egyptian Ministries of Health, Education and Information. She has worked with bilateral donors including USAID, Finnida, Danida and Dutch Aid.
In the cultural realm, Nile has produced for the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Music Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall as well as venues in Paris and Cairo. Dedicated to improving lives and bridging gaps between people, Nile produced the world’s first pediatric AIDS benefit at Carnegie Hall in 1989 when the disease was still seen as a “gay” disease. Televised on NBC, the concert raised public awareness that AIDS is a disease which affects everyone. A visionary, Nile subsequently developed the indigenous Egyptian production of Sesame Street (Alam Simsim) with a focus on nutrition, safety and hygiene.
She has served on Pacifica Radio’s Board of Directors – KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and co-hosted/produced Radio Intifada a weekly one-hour radio show covering the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She currently serves on the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Board of Directors. She serves on the Advisory Board of Levantine Cultural Center which champions a greater understanding of the MENA region by presenting artistic and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. A dual national (USA and Egypt) Nile speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.