Nahid Toubia was born in Khartoum in 1951, and attended medical school in Egypt. In 1981 she became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the first woman surgeon in Sudan. She served as the head of the Pediatric Surgery department at Khartoum teaching hospital for many years. Recently, she worked for four years as an Associate for Women’s Reproductive Health at the Population Council in New York City.
She is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Public Health and the founder and Director of Research, Action & Information Network for Bodily Integrity of Women ( RAINBO ) in New York. She is a member of several scientific and technical advisory committees of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNDP and Vice-Chair of the advisory committee of the Women’s Rights Watch Project of Human Rights Watch where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of AVSC International.
She publishes widely on issues of reproductive health, women’s rights and gender inequality particularly in Africa and the Middle East.