Meet our Founder

Mehreen Shahid

Founder and Executive Director

Mehreen Shahid is a female founder and development practitioner with over 10 years of experience in health, education, gender equality, social protection and public-private partnerships, among other sectors. She is founder of the Safe Delivery Safe Mother (SDSM) NGO, that provides essential and life-saving maternal and reproductive healthcare for rural, remote and low-resource communities in Pakistan. 

She has implemented successful public-private partnership delivery models that strengthen public health systems, developed monitoring and evaluation frameworks, launched digital data reporting tools, conducted advocacy campaigns and built capacity of community health workers and skilled birth attendants. She also advises governments and clients in Pakistan and abroad on health systems, public education and private sector engagement to enhance social impact.

Previously, she worked at the Clinton Foundation, the World Bank and McKinsey & Company in Pakistan, in the U.S. UK and Middle East. She has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and is the recipient of the prestigious Annemarie Schimmel Scholarship, which is awarded to one Pakistani woman annually. 

She is an alumna of the Global Health Corps Fellowship and was the first Pakistani to be selected. She was the first and only Pakistani woman selected among 30 women globally for the Forbes Ignite Fellowship, to solve critical public health challenges. She has spoken at prominent national and global events on women’s rights, social justice, gender equity and maternal health and is a TEDx speaker.