Hoda Rashad is a professor and director of the Social Research Center of The American University in Cairo (AUC). She holds a doctorate in population studies from the University of London. Previously, Rashad worked as chief technical advisor of the United Nations (1993-1995), an associate of the International Population Council (1989-1993), and a faculty member at the Institute of Statistical Studies and Research, Cairo University (1991-1995). She is a resource person and consultant to a number of national and international organizations. She has served as a member of three high-level Commissions established by WHO: Eastern Mediterranean Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2019-2020), Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2016), Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-2008). In Egypt, Rashad served as a member of the National Council for Women, a council that aims to improve the situation of women and their participation in the development of Egypt (2000-2011); a member of the Senate (Shura Council), one of the two parliamentary bodies in Egypt (2004 - 2011); member of the Social, Humanity and Population Science Council, the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (2009-2012). She has published a large number of scientific papers and has contributed to a number of reports whose recommendations were endorsed in resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly of WHO, and to reports co-published jointly by SRC and other UN organizations.