Meelan Thondoo read Biology (Bsc), Medical Anthropology (Msc) and Health Economics (Mph) at the University of Geneva, University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2017, she was selected as a Transglobal Health Fellow for the European Commission Joint Doctorate Program (EMJD) and completed a PhD in Medicine and Translational Research with excellency. She is currently a Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge.
Meelan has over 10 years of experience working in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions in 15 countries across three continents (Latin America, Asia and Africa). She brings forth cultural sensitivity and academic curiosity from having visited more than 150 cities worldwide and plays a significant leadership role in showing how anthropology can enrich strategies and promote evidence-based policy-making and multi sectoral action for health in urban areas.
She serves as a technical reviewer for European Research Council Consolidator Grants and reviews on the editorial board for Frontiers in Environmental Health. She served as a board member for the Human Resource Development Council and the National Mauritius Standards Bureau for Sustainable Communities & Cities (Mauritius and African Region). Meelan is a Fellow of the Global Humanitarian Forum, the Cambridge Philosophical Society and the UK Royal Anthropological Institute.