​​Maria Iqbal​
Implementation Scientist

Dr Iqbal is a public health expert with several years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating mental health interventions. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, and a Master’s in Public Health - Health and Behavior from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA. Her expertise includes mental health prevention and promotion, community mental health and school and adolescent mental health.

She co-founded Taskeen, Karachi, with the intent to increase access to mental health services. She has collaborated with local stakeholders to develop mental health prevention interventions and has been involve​d in strategy development and leading implementation for projects adapting and presenting mental health concepts for the lay public.

As part of her work she has developed mental health literacy material for educational networks that was scaled across Pakistan. She is also part of a team that developed a Mental Health Cluster within the Community Health Sciences Department. She relishes applying novel approaches in low-resource settings to increase access to preventive and curative mental health services. Her vision is to develop and scale innovative mental health services th​at address local needs and center lived experience.