Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in public health, Ãcole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique; B.S. in chemistry, Converse College; B.A. in mathematics, Converse College


Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.P.H from École des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, where she was also a research fellow and worked on a project that studied the impact of national smoke-free policies on the incidence of lung cancer, myocardial infarction and stroke in seven European countries.

Prior to joining PRGS, she was a Maternal Health Young Champion Fellow with the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health. She took part in a study that explored women's experiences with modern contraceptives and interpersonal violence prior to induced abortions. She has also worked at the UN Women's Liaison Office to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, where she designed and conducted a qualitative research project that studied the provision of medico-legal services to survivors of sexual violence.

Woldetsadik graduated magna cum laude from Converse College with a B.A. and B.S. in mathematics and chemistry. While studying in Paris, she co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of the Public Health International Network (PHIN) Newsletter. Woldetsadik speaks English, Amharic, French, and Somali. Her policy interests include health, education, crime and violence, and international law.