Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, FAPIC

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Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC is an infection preventionist and infectious disease epidemiologist. Currently, she serves as a senior fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks, where she works to address global health security issues, including national policies impacting health care readiness and biodefense. Saskia is also an assistant professor at George Mason University, teaching courses on health care preparedness and epidemiology in policy. She holds a PhD in biodefense from George Mason University, where her research focused on the political and economic obstacles to investing in infection prevention, a MPH in infectious disease epidemiology, a MA in international security studies--both from the University of Arizona. Prior to her work at CSR, Saskia helped lead global health response at Netflix and was a senior infection preventionist with HonorHealth in Arizona. She has worked with the WHO, supported multiple NASEM workshops and reports, and supports NGO engagement within the Biological Weapons Convention at the UN. Saskia’s work is on building health care biopreparedness and readiness for infectious disease threats, especially in larger global health security efforts.