Q. What is the change you'd most like to see in your community?
A. I would want young people to be more empowered about their surroundings—to not only understand what they are exposed to, but also to take charge of the situation. They have this great ability to be both a role model and a change maker in our fight towards beating NCDs.
Q. Why are NCDs an important issue for you?
A. NCDs don't discriminate! They are everywhere—in my family, in your family and around us. They affect everyone and they will affect everyone in some way or the other. And there is something that everyone can do about it from an individual, family, community, environmental, and legislative perspective.
Q. Who is your role model?
A. My role model is my mentor — Rachel Nugent, par excellence health economist and an amazing human being who has taught me so much in my public health (and life) journey. She is one of the main reasons that I love to do what I do!
(Click here to learn more about Rachel Nugent and her work.)