Debora Di DioStudent | Italy, Australia
Global Health Policy by Distance LearningContact Debora Di Dio
Current Position: Policy and Strategy Specialist at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
I hold a MA of Development Studies and Culture Change, Macquarie University (Australia), a Honors Degree in International and Diplomatic Relations, University of African and Oriental Studies (Italy) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Culture, Capital University of Economics and Business (China).
After my graduation from Macquarie University, I was nominated Australian Youth Ambassador for Development with the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh. I spent two years in Bangladesh working on food security and nutrition programmes, and on promoting gender mainstreaming. From there, I went on to West Africa and the Middle East working on the Sahel crisis, the Syria refugee crisis, and the humanitarian emergency in north-west Nigeria. After ten years in the field, I now work at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva as Policy and Strategy Specialist in the field of nutrition.
Research interests or career goals
My research interests are health and nutrition in developing countries, particularly maternal and child health, and adolescent health and nutrition. After completing my degree at LSHTM I would like to go back to the field and support governments in low-income countries to design policies and strategies that are more inclusive of adolescents needs, especially around nutrition and reproductive health.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
Studying the MSc Global Health Policy with a very diverse group of students and tutors has really solidified my passion to work in global health, an area where I can have a real positive impact for the world’s most vulnerable communities. So far, my time at LSHTM has been invaluable. I am learning from world-renowned experts, award-winning researchers and am already able to draw upon skills and knowledge from the course for my daily job. Among fellow students and my professors, I have met brilliant people with exceptional ideas, who push you to think outside the box and beyond borders. The highlight of my first year? Listening to a lecture by Professor Piot, who shared with us his experience of discovering the Ebola virus!