Dr. Uzma Syed has over 20 years of experience in advancing maternal and newborn health in more than 15 countries. The focus of her work has been on guiding countries to innovate, implement and scale-up evidence based interventions to improve maternal, perinatal and newborn health outcomes. Currently working with the Maternal Health Unit of the World Health Organization, Uzma has worked in various capacities at national and global level with a number of organizations including Save the Children. She led the development of national maternal and newborn health strategies and action plans in a number of low and middle income countries. Her work has been recognized internationally and was commended in various publications. She also taught and mentored postgraduate students of Global Health and Epidemiology and is committed to ensuring that the next generation of health experts are well-equipped to address future challenges.