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Vandana Shah

Vandana Shah is director of South Asia Programs for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator. Issues in her portfolio include drowning prevention, healthy food policy and cardiovascular health. Shah works closely with multiple stakeholders including government, media and civil society to formulate and implement political and media advocacy strategies to effect policy change at the national and subnational level. She has led several health policy and tax advocacy campaigns in Asian countries and also coordinates a multi-country litigation team. Formerly, she was the Executive Director of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, a state foundation where she was responsible for developing and implementing statewide preventive health programs with annual budgets exceeding $30 million. She is the co-founder of KIRAN, a domestic violence organization for South Asians in North Carolina, and has served on the boards of various healthcare and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.  She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation, a nonprofit organization that designs and implements innovative healthcare solutions. Shah holds law degrees from Duke and Calcutta University. Shah is also the director of South Asia Programs for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.