Liya Assefa

Senior Associate Director, Programs

Liya currently serves as a Senior Associate Director, Programs supporting the END Fund’s ARISE Fund portfolio.

Prior to joining the END Fund, Liya attended medical school where she began studies as a student in the Global Health Pathway and conducted research on the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) related to Zika virus in northern Belize. Liya previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a researcher in epidemiology and economic evaluation. Her work focused on the evaluation of surveillance methods for neglected tropical disease control in Kenya and Ghana. Liya also served as a Program Manager in Peru for GirlSportWorks, an organization dedicated to empowering young women and teaching life skills through sports.

Liya received her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She also holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University.

In her spare time, Liya enjoys reading, baking, and discovering new running routes in New York.