Student Speaker

Nadhira Nuraini Afifa

Master of Public Health Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Nadhira Nuraini Afifa is receiving a master of public health degree from the Department of Global Health and Population. Nadhira joined the nutrition concentration, where she was involved in several projects related to malnourished children, especially stunting in low- and middle-income countries. Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to visit Tanzania to work on malnutrition issues among in-school adolescents in the city of Dodoma, along with several other Harvard students.

Nadhira grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and received her MD degree cum laude from Universitas Indonesia. She previously served as a general practitioner in rural West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, where she worked on multidimensional issues, from child nutrition to poverty. Outside of her academic world, Nadhira writes for a variety of newspapers and serves as one of the writers for Harvard Chan’s Voices in Leadership series. After graduation, Nadhira will be based in Jakarta to help the Indonesian government address several public health challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that her “mixed” experience working both as a clinician and a public health professional will uniquely position her to contribute to the future vibrant development of Indonesia.