Dr. May Yacoob, PhD -  Nutrition and Health

"We can learn transformational life skills that provide relief from alcohol, drug and food addictions, and the ravages of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity."
Dr May Yacoob San Clemente CA
Dr May Yacoob San Clemente CA

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Curriculum Vitae

Post-doctoral specialization in Health Services Administration , in the Public Policy and Management of Health Services , George Washington University, Washington DC.
PhD, Behavioral Sciences and public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA
BA Liberal Arts, Douglass College (Rutgers University) New Brunswick NJ


  • Internationally recognized as the social and behavioral science expert in water and sanitation infrastructure. Presenting at many international conferences.
  • Assistant Professor - Howard University
  • Strength in setting strategic direction, project management. A motivating leader.
  • Designer, Developer and Implementer of initiatives and projects benefiting developing countries infrastructure as it relates to sanitation, health facilities, and education for disease control.
  • Pioneer in acquiring health benefits from environmental health infrastructure, specifically water and sanitation.
"The Ecohealth System and the Community Engagement Movement in Foundations: A Case Study of Mutual Benefits from Grants Funded by the United Nations Foundation" by May Yacoob, Beth Hetzler and Rafael Langer. In Natural Resources Forum Volume 28 Number 2 May 20004.

"The Challenge for Prevention and Environmental Health in Secondary Cities in Sub Saharan Africa," by M. Yacoob with M. Kelly. Woodrow Wilson Urban Policy Journal, 1998-1999.

"Creating Sustainable Environmental Health Conditions by Redefining Municipal Roles and Responsibilities: Experiences from Tunisia and Ecuador," by M. Yacoob with M. Kelly. Natural Resources Forum, 1996.

"Participatory Approach for Addressing Environmental Health in the Peri-Urban Context," by M.Yacoob with M. Kelly. Praxis, the Fletcher Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 12, 1996.

"Untapped Resource: Community-Based Epidemiologies for Environmental Health," by M. Yacoob with L. Whiteford. Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1995.

"The Importance of Behavior in Developing Successful Practices in Water Supply and Sanitation," AQUA, Vol. 43, 1994.

"Community Management in Water Supply and Sanitation Projects: Costs and Implications," AQUA, Vol. 40, No. 1, February 1991.

"From Users to Managers: Community Involvement in Water Supply and Sanitation Projects," Waterlines, Vol. 9, No. 1. July 1990.

"Primary Health Care: Why Has Water Been Neglected?" M. Yacoob with W. Brieges and S. Watts. Health Policy and Planning, Vol. 4, No. 4. 1989.

"Using Water in the Community," Africa Health, Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1988-January 1989.

"Ahimadiyya and Urbanization: Easing the Integration of Rural Women in Abidjan," Asian and African Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 1986.

"Communicating Fundamentals of Water and Sanitation in Moslem Communities," Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 24, No. 4, 1985.

"Identification and Use of Grassroots Community Organizations in Low-Cost Urban Housing: The Case of Ahimadiyya-Type Organizations in the Ivory Coast," Journal of African Urban Studies, Vol. 18, Spring 1984.

Various conference papers and presentations, and technical reports from WASH and EHP.

Fluent in; French, Arabic, English, Hebrew and conversational in Hausa and Yoruba.

In-country work experience includes; Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Gaza, Haiti, Indonesia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yemen Arab Republic.

Created in 1998 with Ted Turner's $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities, the foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems and also to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.

Director for Monitoring, Evaluations and Knowledge Management      2002-2005
  • Promoted to run all the programs supported by the foundation nearly $500 million in grants for all program areas combined.
  • Developed processes and methodologies for capturing results and impact of UNF's grants on beneficiaries and on the capacity of the UN agencies, including proposing revisions for the operative grant agreements.
  • Assisted UN agencies in developing appropriate evaluation strategies for UNF grants. Carried out reviews of grantees reports focusing on policies, strategies and processes.
  • Developed a variety of methods for the dissemination of UN and UNF ³success stories², introducing creative and innovative fora for demonstrating results.
  • Key decision-maker for the evaluation of health benefits for a $5 million water and sanitation program funded by The Conrad Hilton Foundation.
Director of Women, Population, and Children's Health      1999-2002
  • Managed, supervised, evaluated, and coordinated with key UN agencies a grants portfolio of $300 million.
  • Built a team of five professionals in children and women's health, developed the mission and vision statements as well as the technical and administrative management of the group.
  • Created effective partnerships with bilateral donors, industry and private foundations, resulting in an increased share of funding more than doubled the overall program funding.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, Baltimore, MD      1986-1996
Guest Lecturer
Spoke every semester on various matters concerning Health Behavior change.

NEW SCHOOL, New York, NY      2000-2004
Guest Lecturer
Delivered lectures twice a year on Monitoring and Evaluations in Philanthropy.

An independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation with a distinguished history in scientific research and technology development worldwide.

Senior Public Health and Behavioral Sciences Specialist
Generated sales to support $700,000 - $ 1 million in project work. Held key positions of Associate Director for Health and Social Sciences under USAID's (the United State agency for International development) centrally funded projects of Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) and the Environmental Health Program (EHP) projects.
  • Directed 20 scientific specialists in assessing the community-level environmental causes of malaria in Bouake (Cote, d'Ivoire). Conducted a six-month study that analyzed the environmental determinants of confirmed malaria cases. First study to measure outcomes and causes in community settings, addressing the challenges posed by non hospital based studies.
  • Part of the Jimmy Carter Center initiative in the eradication of guinea worm. Managed the early programs in changing behaviors of communities to address the control of the Guinea worm. Keynote speaker and organizer of conferences with President and Mrs. Carter.
Water and Wastewater Utilities: Development of Customer Services:
Established the first operation to effectively link local utilities companies with customers to create willingness for the customer to pay the established fees that resulted in an increased efficiency of water distribution as well as increased revenues.

Technical support to donor programs:
  • UNDP : Developed a program involving the local Mayors in the areas of the highest HIV/AIDS cases in creating initiative to raise awareness in specific African municipalities resulting in a decrease of HIV/AIDS cases and improved distribution of preventive measures.
  • Africa Development Bank : Created and implemented a strategy to train local ADB HQ staff to analyze and assess pertinent issues and data facing their communities resulting in implementation of programs more relevant to the local issues facing the communities.
  • UNDP Urban Management Program: Developed a strategic plan and trained managers of secondary cities in West Africa to identify the health issues of these communities and develop economically feasible programs to build an infrastructure to meet the population growth and improve the public health needs.
WORLD BANK and UNDP      1983 - 1986
An International Partnership to support the management of Tran boundary fresh water resources.
Independent Consultant

HOWARD UNIVERSITY      1982 - 1988
Assistant Professor (African Studies Department)
  • Taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Leturer on health services in Africa.
  • Lecturer in the Arabic Language, International Development, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Supervised seven Doctoral students, all successfully completed PhD dissertations.
  • Developed Public Health talks in Africa for the Voice of America (part of the State of Department radio station).
Interim Assistant Professor
Taught Anthropology and International Development for the Department of Anthropology.

REDPATH SUGARS Canadian Company
A newly established sugar-processing factory in Ferkeasedougou (Cote d'Ivoire)

1986-2003 - Delivered 'Key Note Addresses' at International conferences in Public Health, Water, Sanitation, Behavior Change and Philanthropy.

2006-Present - Guest Speaker on Philanthropy and Public Health for Rotary Clubs in Orange County, California.

Training Skills, National Training Labs (NTL)
Training in Consultant Skills, NTL

American Anthropological Association - Member
Funders Concerned about AIDS - Active Member
Council on Foundations - Vice Chair of the International Committee Member
Inter-Agency Coordination for Community Integrated Mgmt.of Childhood Illnesses - Board
International Committee of Geofunders (grant makers for effective organizations) - Active Member