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Basil A. Safi, MPH, PE, CHES

Asia Regional Director

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs

Baltimore, MD

 

Biography

Basil A. Safi, MPH, PE, CHES, is a multidisciplinary professional with 11 years of international and domestic experience in the management, design and implementation of public health and communication programs. He has a proven track record of effective communication, creative problem solving, prioritization, and improving systems efficiency. Mr. Safi currently serves as Asia Regional Director for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP) in Baltimore, MD and as Director of JHUCCP’s Global Program on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. He is responsible for supporting county offices Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam with high-level technical, programmatic, financial, and supervisory assistance for a range of social and behavior change communication programs; including Environmental Health, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Avian and Pandemic Influenza, and Family Planning. He combines technical skills with those gained in the field of health communication to specialize in the areas of demand generation, consumer-driven improvement of healthcare services, household behavior change and improving the efficiency of public health systems. His areas of communication expertise include strategic communication design, mass media and community mobilization planning, crisis/risk communication, advocacy, harmonization of diverse working groups, ICT implementation, developing public-private alliances and local BCC capacity building. Mr. Safi is a registered Professional Engineer, serves as an Associate in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is an Environmental Public Health Leadership Fellow at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. He has experience working in Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Tajikistan, South Sudan, and the United States.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

Over this past year, the EHPLI fellowship has enabled me to widen my perspective on the skills and introspection needed to transition from a position of management to a position of leadership. While the two terms of often interchanged within the lexicon of modern society, this experience has provide me with a lens through which to explore their nuanced differences. From the early Change Style Indicator, to Myers Briggs, and the 360 Skillscope Assessment, these tools helped me to understand where my own talents and deficiencies complemented or detracted from those around me. While this was sometimes difficult to understand, the teamwork provided ample opportunities to explore how broad-based team members interact to solve complex problems and how the entire Systems Thinking approach can be negatively effected inadvertently by only playing to the team’s strengths. From a personal standpoint, the interactions with EPHLI fellows, mentors, and coaches went a long way to supporting my growth and while my international project focus was distinct from the otherwise domestic projects, I always felt that the class was joined in this journey together. I very much appreciate all of the planning and time that went into cultivating the skills of this 2011-2012 class and I hope that EHPLI can continue to do this great work with other cohorts in the future.