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Bashir Najeeb


MS '15

Fulbright scholar and medical doctor gains practical skills to strengthen Afghanistan’s health care system

Bashir Najeeb aims to serve the less fortunate in his home country

Bashir is a medical doctor from Afghanistan with twelve years of experience in the fields of program management, operations, and communication. Before coming to Heller, he worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a program officer, where he was in charge of the design, planning, and implementation of various programs, including population and development, reproductive health, and humanitarian assistance. His exposure to many parts of his home country allowed him to interact with people at the grassroots level and learn about the realities of development work. 

“In particular, I learned that our ability to analyze problems and develop innovative solutions is a continuing challenge for development as a whole, and the health care sector in particular,” he says.

Bashir, who was recognized as a Fulbright scholar, decided to come to Heller to gain practical skills that would help him strengthen Afghanistan’s health care system. “I have a responsibility to serve those who are less fortunate and to make a difference in their lives,” he says.

Bashir says he is repeatedly surprised by the warmth of the Heller community. “It is a very diverse community, and I have formed a Heller family with colleagues from all over the world,” he says.

Bashir was selected by his classmates to represent the MS Program in the Heller Student Association. He also serves as a senator in the Graduate Student Association of Brandeis University.

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