Program Manager, NICU
Marym is a Program Manager at Nexleaf. She manages Nexleaf’s recently launched initiative to optimize neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in India, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in collaboration with Boston University and the Lata Medical Research Foundation. As such, Marym oversees the collection of data in hospital settings to identify opportunities for technical advancements in life-saving equipment and capacity building, and to help stakeholders establish and tap into innovative feedback mechanisms to deliver better care on the ground.
She received her MPH with a dual concentration in Global Health and Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. She holds a B.S. in Public Health Sciences and completed pre-medical studies at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining Nexleaf, she managed a project targeting vulnerable communities in Afghanistan, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Before that, she led capacity building efforts, including working with the Ministry of Public Health to drive health systems strengthening, as well as establishing the first-ever national cancer registry.
Marym is a native speaker of Dari and is passionate about health, serving the developing world, and improving the quality of life for marginalized populations. She joined the team at Nexleaf because she saw the organizational values aligned with her philosophy on strategic grassroots solutions, including cross-team collaboration, data transparency, and knowledge-sharing, and because of the Nexleaf’s commitment to pursuing the truth even when it is difficult. She is also committed to strategize with her alma mater BU on how to advance global health through high-impact low-tech and the NICU project. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, hiking, and can almost always be found sipping on hot tea while absorbed in a good book.