DR. Joumana Haidar

Joumana Haidar
DBA Alumna Class of 2023
Deputy Director and Implementation Science Lead, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health

Joumana Haidar, MBA, is the deputy director and the implementation science lead for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. Joumana has been working at UNC for fifteen years and has exclusively focused on the Collaborating Centre's activities for the last twelve years. Joumana has provided global strategic vision, planning and tactical execution for positioning the WHO Collaborating Centre to contribute as a leading program for implementation science with a focus on effective implementation and continuous improvement of global health programs. She has also provided technical assistance in the areas of strategic planning, project design and management, implementation research, and collaboration with multiple UN partners. She has contributed technical expertise on the subject of implementation science at numerous UN meetings. She has evaluated various interventions supported by bilateral and multilateral agencies based on their implementation and impact.

As a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, Joumana has worked with the Centre's leadership on major public-private partnership initiatives, applying her business training and practices to promote and support the essential role of implementation science for the success of these initiatives. 

Recent efforts include work on the development of a mechanism to infuse implementation science in implementation activities; and building the infrastructure of a model that serves as a global implementation hub for information and technical assistance.

When not working, Joumana enjoys reading and socializing with family and friends. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill.