Sohail Agha

Leader in measurement and evaluation of behavioral interventions

Sohail has designed, managed,evaluated, and provided technical oversight to COVID-19, maternal and childhealth (MCH), immunization, HIV/AIDS, and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He has lived and worked on 5 continents, including long term experience leading major programs in Eastern/Southern Africa and South Asia.

Sohail has also designed and led complex global donor initiatives. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF), from 2015 to 2022, he led the integration of social norms and behavioral science approaches with the foundation’s grants and programs, influencing significant investments in Africa and Asia. He introduced several user-friendly models and approaches to multiple program teams at BMGF, and other major donors such as USAID, leading more than 200 field-based practitioners to adopt behavioral science and continuous program improvement approaches. Sohail mentored immunization practitioners to adopt an easy-to-use behavior change model in Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and Niger. He initiated the Social Norms Learning Collaborative in partnership with USAID and the Hewlett Foundation, which introduced social norms program implementation, measurement, and evaluation to 500 practitioners in Nigeria, Eastern Africa,and South Asia.