Felicia Knaul

Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, University of Miami

Felicia Marie Knaul is Director of the Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. Prior to joining University of Miami, she was associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, where she served as director of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control, an initiative she helped to found in 2009. She is also senior economist at the Mexican Health Foundation. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Dr. Knaul founded the Mexican non-profit organization, Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, a program that undertakes and promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection initiatives for breast cancer in Latin America. She also currently leads a major project for the Harvard School of Public Health on breast cancer education and awareness in China.

Dr. Knaul is a board member of numerous organizations including the Union for International Cancer Control; and has more than 130 academic and policy publications spanning topics including cancer care and control, women and health, and health system reform. Dr. Knaul has held senior government posts in Mexico and Colombia and has worked for bilateral and multilateral agencies including WHO, the World Bank, and UNICEF.