Start Center - Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center

Fatima Al-Shimari


Fatima Al-Shimari received her MPH  from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington in 2022. She received her undergraduate degrees in Biology (BS) and Chemistry (BA) from the University of Washington. During her undergraduate studies, she led various projects in collaboration with the University of Washington and the Seattle Children's Hospital. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a researcher with the World Health Organization and other local and international NGOs and a few med-tech start-up companies abroad. She also helped plan and facilitate multiple international maternal and child health conferences, including the 2018 AMCHP Conference and the 2019 SAHM conference. Her research interests include maternal and child health, infectious diseases, social determinants of health, and Global Fund projects. Fatima now holds a role of Epidemiologist, Global Health Researcher at the Gates Foundation, and is also the Chair of the Women in Global Health's Seattle Chapter.

Reflecting on her time with START, Fatima said, “working at the START Center gave me the opportunity to conduct research for clients who are major influencers in the global health landscape, including teams from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, PATH, and IHME. I got to hone my research and data analysis skills and acquire new skills through the diverse range of projects I worked on. Being a project manager allowed me to work with fellow researchers, learn from faculty leaders across multiple departments, and receive tremendous support from our phenomenal Operations Team! In addition to professionally growing, my research experience at the START Center allowed me to grow personally and academically. Serving as Student Representative at START was one of my favorite parts of the job. I had the opportunity to build relationships with fellow researchers and represent their interests in strategic planning meetings with START leadership. Working with the START Center has been the highlight of my graduate school experience! I strongly recommend it to any graduate student interested in refining their research skills and gaining confidence in their leadership and management roles!”