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Dr Sophie La Vincente

Dr Sophie La Vincente

Deputy Executive Director, Head of Country Programmes

Sophie is an epidemiologist with over 15 years’ experience in public health, operational research and programming in low- and middle-income countries.

Sophie brings extensive experience working with governments and development partners on public health program implementation and evaluation, and provision of technical support.

Prior to joining Reach, Sophie worked with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne’s Centre for International Child Health, where she was an investigator on grants totalling over $10 million from funding agencies including the GAVI Alliance and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was based in the Philippines during 2009-10 as Country Manager for a multi-country Gates Foundation-funded activity supporting the use of local evidence to guide prioritisation and planning for maternal and child health. More recently, she co-led an evaluation of the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction in Mongolia. In 2014, she completed the final evaluation of the DFAT-funded Pacific RHD program. Sophie has worked extensively as a consultant to the UN and other agencies in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, including a two-year consulting role with the WHO's Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals working on typhoid surveillance. Sophie is currently seconded on a fractional basis to WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health to support the development of their program of work on ARF/RHD.