Mario Mandara works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Country Representative to Nigeria. A consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Mandara has extensive knowledge of public health systems and managing maternal and child health programs in Nigeria. After medical training at the University of Jos, Dr. Mandara practiced at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, northern Nigeria. Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Mandara was a Senior Country Adviser in Nigeria to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She then worked as the Nigeria-based Health Systems Adviser for the Earth Institute at New York’s Columbia University.