Montasser’s 30 years of experience started in Egypt and he is a graduate from Cairo University’s medical school. He has an MSc in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University, UK; and is a holder of a Ph.D in Medical Anthropology from McGill University.
Montasser is the Program Leader for the Maternal and Child Health team at Canada’s International Development Research Centre which houses the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics systems. Before joining IDRC Montasser was the Deputy Director for Global Health Policy and Research at Global Affairs Canada. He also worked at CIDA as the Team Leader of the Health Specialists, and brings experience as a Reproductive Health Policy Advisor and as Manager of Multilateral Health Institutions and Partnerships. Prior, he work at the Regional Office of the Ford Foundation in Cairo where he was a Senior Program Officer for Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS. Montasser’s areas of interest and expertise include sexual and reproductive health and rights, health systems strengthening, promoting greater government accountability, and knowledge generation and dissemination.