Sandeep Bathala is a senior program associate for the Environmental
Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She leads programs on
global women’s health and empowerment, with a specific focus on Africa.
Sandeep has partnered with the African Population and Health Research
Center in Kenya to co-host a two-part workshop series in Nairobi with
local, regional, and national decision-makers on critical maternal
health issues. She worked with Attie & Goldwater Productions on the
filming and producing of documentaries for national and international
audiences on female genital cutting (FCG), family planning and maternal
health in Mali. Recently, she was an invited speaker at the
International Conferences on Family Planning in Ethiopia and Senegal as
well as the Global Maternal Health Conference in Tanzania.
Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Sandeep was the Sierra Club¹s
Global Population and Environment Program Director where her efforts
included coordinating study tours to India and Ethiopia to build a
strong base of support for integrated reproductive health and
environmental projects supported by USAID and U.S. contributions to the
UN Population Fund. She also spearheaded advocacy partnerships with
family planning agencies in Albania and Mali at Planned Parenthood.
Sandeep holds a BA in sociology and women¹s studies and an MSW with an
administration, planning, and policy focus, both from Rutgers University.