Rubina Mumtaz, DDS, MPH

Country Director, Pakistan

Rubina Mumtaz was born in Nairobi, Kenya to immigrant Pakistani parents. She moved to Pakistan after high school and graduated with honors cum lauda from Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar. Within nearly 20 years of experience tucked under belt, Rubina wears many hats. Her interest in academia and research is fulfilled by her position as the Head of Community Dentistry Department of Islamabad Medical and Dental College. An active professional, she has held leadership roles in the Pakistan Dental Association. Her passion for women’s rights kept her not only deeply involved with organizations that deal with handicapped children, women and minor prisoners but also led to a MPH majoring in Family and Community Health from the Harvard School of Public Health where her thesis was on oral health of homeless women in Boston. She was awarded the Student Recognition Award from Harvard University for the work done in Northern Pakistan for the earthquake victims in the winter of 2005-6. On her return in 2006-7, she played a crucial role in introducing oral health into the health policy of Pakistan by setting up the National Task Force on Oral Health in the Federal Ministry of Health, Islamabad  and co-authoring the Government PC-1 for the first ever School Oral Health Pilot Project in three districts of Punjab. Also occasionally freelancing as a consultant for the HIV & AIDS program in Pakistan, Rubina heads the RMF Pakistan office.