Shahnaz is a freelance writer and science communications consultant based in Portugal. Previously, Shahnaz lived in New York. She was the Senior Communications Specialist at the Vitality Institute, where she managed all aspects of communications, events, and public relations as well as an initiative on integrated health metrics corporate reporting, among others. Before that, she was on the Health Team of the World Economic Forum, working on the chronic disease portfolio and managing the Workplace Wellness Alliance. This project worked with leading multinational companies, facilitating best practice sharing and carrying out data collection across geographies for peer-to-peer and regional benchmarking.
With a diverse background in health, communications, and business, Shahnaz has experience running global campaigns for the International Labor Organization as well as working with startups in Bolivia, Switzerland, and the US. During the few years she spent in Bolivia, she volunteered extensively with the Red Cross and the La Paz Children’s Hospital.
Originally half Iranian, half Bolivian, Shahnaz grew up in Switzerland and did her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania before completing an Executive MBA in Healthcare Management in Europe. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, horse-riding, gardening, hiking, and food.
Shahnaz is the Head of Communications and Advocacy for the Women’s Brain Project.