Tukiya-Kaunda Mutupa is a health policy expert and thought leader with experience working across international government affairs, UK NHS, development and private sector. She is also a community leader that has lead programmes of work tackling social inequality and promoting inclusion and peace.
Currently, Tukiya is a Consultant Health Researcher for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Here, she focuses on advancing universal health coverage across 54 member states through policies and convening of international decision makers. She has worked on projects for vulnerable groups such as youth, women and girls.
Tukiya gained her Master’s Degree in International Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2018, and her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014. Her Master’s thesis focused on public health approaches to youth violence, exploring health-facility based responses to serious youth violence. Around this time, Tukiya co-led an evaluation for the Westminster Integrated Gangs Unit, a multi-disciplinary team delivering services to young people and their families that are affected by youth violence.
Whilst working in the private sector for ViiV Healthcare, Tukiya researched stigma in health care settings faced by people living with HIV. She has also worked as a therapy area specialist for Boehinger-Ingelheim; here she completed the Ashoka Social Intrapreneur’s course, sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Tukiya is passionate about building resilient communities, climate change and young people. Alongside building her career, she has worked as a volunteer youth worker, working with young people from across London in various capacities, including teaching life skills in maximum-security prisons to supporting young people to access higher education through 2020 Change UK. Her roles as a volunteer enabled her to teach wellbeing, art sessions with homeless people, and run workshops for young men to tackle high suicide rates. Tukiya loves the outdoor and her youth work has led her to work with young people on an Eco-village project in the beautiful Turkish highland mountains.